Danville police hosted a Heart walk due to teenager killed on Friday


(Photo: Courtesy Danville Police Department)

DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — The Danville Police Department hosted a HEART walk on Tuesday, Oct. 15, in the same neighborhood where a teenager was killed on Friday.

WFXR reported the death of Genesis Salarae Horton, 17, who received multiple gunshots to his torso around 8:50 p.m. on Oct. 11 on the 700 block of Paxton Street.

During the HEART Walk, which stands for Heal and Engage after Trauma, officers walked the neighborhood, knocked on doors to check in on residents who may be impacted by the recent act of violence in their community.

Representatives from Danville’s Pittsylvania Community Services, Commonwealth’s Attorney and Southern Virginia Regional Health Care System also took part in the walk, informing residents of the services available to them.

“We are not soliciting information, we are there to help the community in the healing,” said Lt. Richard Chivvis of the Danville Police Department.

The HEART walk began at the intersection of Jefferson and Paxton Streets.

This is the fifth walk the police have hosted this year, which are scheduled within 24 to 72 hours in the neighborhood where a traumatic event has occurred.

On the same Paxton Street where Horton was killed two others have been killed in the last five years, according to police.

On Aug. 6, 2017, Nitaya Adams, 16, was killed, an innocent bystander in a shooting, believed to be tied to gang activity. Police continue investigating this case and have not made any arrests.

The other individual is Patrick Andreaus Gunn, 21, who was killed while sitting in the driver’s seat of his parked car on August 17, 2018. A 17-year-old was convicted for his murder.

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