Melvin Leon James II

Melvin James was shot 18 times in front of his grandmother, Ida Attaway, on August 6, 2016. He was 26 years old, and from Richmond, CA.

From Jodi Hernandez’ Facebook page: “I met 85 year old Ida Attaway today. Her grandson was shot & killed in front of her Richmond house right after he helped her unload the groceries last August. She held him as he took his last breath.

Today police announced they caught the alleged killers….gang members responsible for a violent crime spree in 12 East Bay cities.

Ida is relieved they’ve been caught but her neighborhood is still filled with violence. And she still lives in fear. It breaks my heart people in the Bay Area area are so afraid in their own homes. God bless you Ida.”

In the video below, Ida talks about how her grandson’s shooting has affected her:

Fom NBC News Bay Area article: Ida Attaway said her grandson had just helped her carry groceries into the house when he was gunnned down in their front yard last August. She held him as he took his last breath.

“I really miss my grandson,” Attaway said. “I raised his head and told him how much I loved him, and he closed his eyes, and I knew he was gone.” Link to article:

Melvin, along with Nico Martinez and Maxim Biswas, were all murdered within 45 days of each other last year.

Richmond PD announced on August 30, 2017 that 8 members of a North Richmond gang were being charged with their murders, along with over 30 other crimes. One of the 8 young men charged was a fellow in the City of Richmond’s Office of Neighborhood Safety – Operation Peacemaker Fellowship.

Thank you, Jodi Hernandez and NBC News Bay Area for posting this.