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‘Bring Our Missing Children Home!’ event April 29 at South Side church

Jeremy Lazarus | 4/28/2017, 5:22 p.m.
Toni Jacobs keeps hoping she will soon hear from her 21-year-old daughter, Keeshae Jacobs, who disappeared without a trace seven ...

Toni Jacobs keeps hoping she will soon hear from her 21-year-old daughter, Keeshae Jacobs, who disappeared without a trace seven months ago.

Ms. Jacobs is not the only parent facing this agonizing situation.

Thirty-four children from the Richmond area — including 11 from the city — reportedly have disappeared since January, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which posts their stories and the stories of hundreds of other missing children from across the country.

The specifics of each case vary, and some missing people have been found. Of those who are still missing, some apparently are teen runaways, and some might have been taken by a non-custodial parent. Others are young children whose whereabouts are a mystery.

In a bid to call attention to the situation, Ms. Jacobs is joining with New Life Deliverance Tabernacle on South Side to host the first rally and festival this weekend to spotlight the issue of her missing daughter and all other missing children.

With free admission to the public, the “Bring Our Missing Children Home!” event will take place noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 29, on the church grounds at 900 Decatur St., said Ms. Jacobs, who works as a dispatcher for a private company.

The event will feature fingerprinting, children’s games and face painting, hot dogs and hamburgers.

Charles Willis of United Communities against Crime will provide music.

Information: Toni Jacobs, (804) 433-5270, or Mr. Willis, (804) 399-1111.