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Phoenix rising over site of May 17, 2012 shootings

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Attica Scott Attica Scott
Kids cut up plastic bottles Thursday night at the Boys and Girls Club of Kentuckiana. Kids cut up plastic bottles Thursday night at the Boys and Girls Club of Kentuckiana.
Breonna Graves Breonna Graves
A drawing of the Phoenix. A drawing of the Phoenix.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Still an active and open case. That's how Louisville Metro Police are treating their investigation into the May 17, 2012 shooting that left three people shot and three more people dead.

As the community prepares to mark one year since that violence erupted in the middle of the afternoon at 32nd Street and Greenwood, there are some that are still trying to do anything they can to turn the Parkland neighborhood around.

"My daddy, he said I can be anything I want as long as I get good grades in school," Breonna Graves, 9, told Councilwoman Attica Scott, D-1, as they prepared to cut plastic bottles Thursday night at the Boys and Girls Club of Kentuckiana.

Graves is a true example that you can never remind a child enough that their dreams are possible or that they can make a difference.

While cutting up a used water bottle may not appear to be one of those lessons, artist Ramona Dallum Lindsey will convince you otherwise. "I'm hearing children talking about the neighborhood in ways they hadn't talked about the neighborhood before."

The children, like Graves, are growing up in a neighborhood where seeing someone gunned down is not unusual. One of the most shocking came a year ago. Makeba Lee, 24, Craig Bland Jr., 22 and Tyson Mimms, 24 all died. Cheetra Goldsmith, 24, and two other men were shot right around the time school let out on a corner packed with people, many of them children.

From that violence came Scott's idea "to liven up neighborhoods that have experienced some depression over the years."

That is where the bottles come in. The kids are cutting them into the shape of feathers. "We're going to put them on the vacant house and then paint the building," described Graves.

Lindsey designed the concept that will eventually be a 12 foot tall phoenix on the front of an apartment building that has sat boarded up for ten years. "One of the goals of the artwork is to bring a renewed energy and renewed focus to the community," said Lindsey. A focus she wants to veer away from crime.

The new location for the artwork will be right across the street from where the three victims of the shootings on May 17 died. When it's done, rather than marking the spot by the horrific crime that happened nearby all the kids that helped make it happen can show of their pride on that corner and dream of what they can do next to brighten up their neighborhood.  

Lindsey said they still need volunteers to help cut the feathers. She said it's a great project for youth groups and she will go anywhere to bring over the supplies. If you can help, email Lindsey at rise40211@gmail.com.

The project will be completed by the end of June.

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