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Community hopes West Louisville violence will stop

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Tyson Mimms (Source: LMDC) Tyson Mimms (Source: LMDC)
Craig Bland, Jr. (Source: LMDC) Craig Bland, Jr. (Source: LMDC)
Makeba Lee and her son (Source: Family photo) Makeba Lee and her son (Source: Family photo)
Cheetara Goldsmith (Source: LMDC) Cheetara Goldsmith (Source: LMDC)
Parkland Boys and Girls Club Parkland Boys and Girls Club

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Days after violence erupted in West Louisville, a victim is laid to rest, while her accused killer remains in the hospital.

As police continue to search for answers, people living in the area are still on edge, but looking forward in hopes it will all change. 

LaMon Dawson grew up in the Parkland neighborhood, he was back on Thursday visiting family when he witnessed violence he never wanted to see. 

"It's a shame to see our youth killing each other over nonsense," said Dawson.

It all started when 24-year-old Tyson Mimms and 22-year-old Craig Bland Jr. were killed and two others injured in a shoot-out on south 32nd Street. Mimm's girlfriend and his child's mother is Makeba Lee, not long after he died police say Lee got into a fight with Cheetara Goldsmith. Police say Goldsmith shot Lee multiple times in front of a large crowd, filled with police officers. An officer then shot and injured Goldsmith. Dawson's family members live not far from the scene. 

"I think all of this homicide that we've seen here is for no reason," said Dawson.

While Dawson says he believes a lot of it stems from drugs. He says he chose to leave Parkland for a better life, but knows not all in the neighborhood can or want to. 

"I will never move away from my community," said Lolitha Gabriel, who lives in Parkland. "I will never run away from the problem, I will try to do so much to try to help it."

Many believe that young kids here need support. "It's a shame to see the Boys and Girls Club, I use to walk down here when I was ten years old and twelve and you see it's closed down and you see that you can't trust a lot of your kids to walk down here anymore," said Dawson.

The Boys and Girls Club closed for financial reasons, but now efforts are underway to try to get it re-opened by the end of June.

"When I look at it from me being a child to now, it's a shame," said Dawson. "I think it's a shame. I just thank God that my kids are not over here and my kids don't have to go through this."

Police say this is a very complex case and a lot of details, like a motive, aren't being released. They still look to the community for help in this investigation and if you have any information, you are asked to call 574-LMPD. 

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