Police At A Loss To Explain Seven Murders In As Many Days

By Craig Hoffman

(LOUISVILLE, April 1st, 2004, 6 p.m.) -- A string of unsolved murders has Louisville Metro Police looking for answers. Since March 24th, seven people have been killed, and police are at a loss to explain why. WAVE 3's Craig Hoffman reports.

Police are talking about pooling manpower and resources from across the city to work towards better communications. Right now they don't believe the seven murders are linked.

Unusual -- and a coincidence. That's how Louisivlle Metro police are describing the city's recent string of murders.

Jerome Silver lost his brother in a shooting Tuesday night. "It's got to stop -- enough is enough," he said.

James Silver died after a bullet fired by someone driving through the neighborhood went through a window and struck him in the head as he watched TV.

Col. Philip Turner -- LMPD's second in command -- announced the entire force will zero in on suspects by checking to see if there's a pattern between the latest killings and all other crimes. That includes gangs and drug dealers. "Right now we have a timetable of six weeks. We want to evaluate it after that to see where we are, what crimes we have solved, and what leads are developed as a result of this."

Denise Raine is a "Youth Alive" coordinator, a group working with troubled inner city youth. She says teens fear police officers -- and it shouldn't be that way. Raine says many officers give the impression they don't care about the neighborhoods they patrol. "They really need to be involved, be community-oriented, they need to know those in the area they patrol."

Raine says if you want teens to stay clear of violence business and government leaders must get more involved. "It's challenging, but I do believe that it is effective for us to make that connection with our younger generation rather than abandon them."

We asked Turner if his officers are in touch with the people. "I think so," he answered.

Col. Turner hopes the stepped up investigative efforts will land suspects in jail, as well as bring to his attention problems the community might have with police.

Depsite the intensified efforts by police, some community activists say, it's still not enough.

Online Reporter: Craig Hoffman

Online Producer: Michael Dever