'No Murder Metro' Group Wants End To Killings

By Frances Kuo

(LOUISVILLE, April 5th, 2004, 10:30 a.m.) -- A local group is taking a stand against killing in Louisville. The city has had 15 homicides so far this year. More than half of those have come in the last week. Members of a group called "No Murder Metro" gathered at the scene of one recent shooting to call for an end to the violence. WAVE 3's Frances Kuo was there.

Sunday afternoon was a perfect day for playing for 14-year-old Ismail Hashi and his pals. But they're always watching their backs these days. Last Sunday, in the parking lot of the Douglas Park Apartments, three people were killed in an apparent double murder-suicide.

So, a week later, on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Junior's death, a diverse members of "No Murder Metro" gathered at the crime scene in hopes that prayer, song, and unification will stop the violence.

"Violence has no color, it'll attack anybody," said one group member. "It doesn't matter what creed or color you are. We're showing unity that we're all in this together."

One way they suggest the healing can begin is through the church. "I grew up in a home with a single parent," said another "No Murder Metro" member. "I didn't have a father there, he was in and out. I was abused. I tried to commit suicide, but the church saved me."

The members of No Murder Metro acknowledge religion may not work for everyone. But the believes the idea is to get to the root of the problem before it's too late. "It's not the solution, it's the beginning, it's a foundation to begin on."

"No Murders Metro" was formed shortly after the February shooting of Theresa Ann Holman, who police say was killed by her ex-husband. Members of the group say they will continue to gather every time there's a murder. They already have two meetings scheduled.

Online Reporter: Frances Kuo

Online Producer: Michael Dever