For three years, Princess Blanding has publicly mourned her brother.
Marcus-David Peters was shot by a Richmond police officer during an altercation on May 14, 2018. He died in the early morning hours the next day.
As each birthday or anniversary approaches, Blanding said she has “a mental and emotional tug-of-war” with herself to decide if she should mark the occasion privately or publicly.
“It’s hard, because ultimately the main guest won’t be there,” Blanding said in an interview ahead of Saturday’s celebration of life marking the third anniversary of Peters’ death.
But every time, the decision is always the same: “Marcus is not just my family, but he’s the Richmond community’s family,” Blanding said. “The only right thing to do is to celebrate with them.”
On Saturday, Blanding and volunteers served up a buffet on a median along Monument Avenue, just outside the traffic circle that surrounds a statue …