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Violence Prevention Task Force to release findings

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Air 3 was over the scene of the violence in the Parkland neighborhood on May 17. Air 3 was over the scene of the violence in the Parkland neighborhood on May 17.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The community members selected to come up with a solution to curb the violence in Louisville will report their findings on Thursday.

Mayor Greg Fischer's Violence Prevention Task Force will issue its final report Thursday afternoon.

Fischer assembled the 37-member group earlier this year after two people were murdered at 32nd Street and Greenwood in Louisville's Parkland neighborhood on May 17. A third person was killed and a fourth person was shot in the crowd that had gathered at the initial crime scene. The mayor said he hoped the group would develop a strategy to reduce violence by using community resources more effectively.

So far in 2012, Louisville Metro Police have reported 52 homicides. 51 murders were reported over the same time period in 2011.

Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt is Vice Chair of the group. Earlier in October, she and a few other task force members spoke at a diversity forum at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. There, Nesbitt indicated that the issue affects the entire city.

"In terms of why this is a Louisville problem and not just one of west Louisville, you're paying for the healthcare associated with these violent incidents," Nesbitt said, "and the reputation as a violent city impairs our business, impairs your opportunity to recruit new businesses, which will not allow us to address our unemployment."

Nesbitt said the cost of providing care for those injured by guns in Jefferson County alone is between $9 million and $12 million.

WAVE 3's Jaimie Weiss will be there to speak with the task force about its findings and bring you a full report on WAVE 3 News at 5. Follow her on Twitter @JaimieWeiss for updates.

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