LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Louisville is known as a compassionate city, but after six people were murdered in just the last few days we seem to be far from that title.
Homicides in Chickasaw, Smoketown, Park Hill, Taylor Berry, PRP and South Louisville have all happened since Thursday night. So far only two of those murders are solved.
While you expect outrage, there seems to be more of a determination to bring about change.
"Killings are happening so frequently that we are not even bothered by it anymore and that's a shame," said Minister Jerald Muhammad.
After six people are murdered in Louisville since Thursday, community leaders are taking a moment to pause and reflect.
"We need the spirit of compassion in Louisville, not only up town, but we need it down here in the West End," said Bishop Dennis Lyons, Derby City Ambassadors.
Easier said than done as a mother prepares to lay her teenage son, Darius Miller, to rest.
"I've been praying and praying and I just thank the Lord for having him the 17 years that I did have him," said Darius Miller's mother, Melissa Bender Miller.
Mayor Greg Fischer says even one homicide is too many. "Each one of these are tough and we aren't going to be happy until we get it as close to zero as possible," said Fischer.
A high murder rate doesn't represent the city well. That's why Mayor Fischer is making sure different groups are doing what they can to curb unnecessary violence.
"Our VIPER squad and our police are working on it, but certainly it's a community resolution to this whole problem, and that's what our safe neighborhoods program is about," said Fischer.
Muhammad is stepping up. He says he has seen numbers change by just being present, like when they've spent time in the Beecher Terrace neighborhood.
"Every time we are there crime is down, drug selling is down, violence is down, so if all the churches, if all the community organizations would come out in the street and pick a particular area and have a presence there, a couple days a week, we don't think we can stop all the killing, but we think we can reduce it," said Muhammad.
The Derby City Ambassadors plan to stop by Louisville's latest murder scene at 18th and Oak on Tuesday night, hoping they can spread a message of compassion there.
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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