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Dozens plead for non-violence in Louisville's deadliest year since 1979

Dozens plead for non-violence in Louisville's deadliest year since 1979. (Source: WAVE 3 News) Dozens plead for non-violence in Louisville's deadliest year since 1979. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Saturday night, as Louisville added another murder to its yearly total, more than 50 people gathered in the Russell neighborhood to hold a vigil for peace.

"Y'all got to stop this,” Darlene McNealy, who has had three children murdered, said.

“God put us on this earth to help each other,” said Lachelle Philpot, the mother of Adrian Cook who was murdered Wednesday. “We're supposed to help each other. We're not supposed to kill each other.”

Saturday night Louisville hit 76 murders, which makes 2015 the deadliest year in Jefferson County since 1979. The vigil, at the corner of 19th St. and Muhammad Ali Blvd., was a desperate cry to end violence.

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"I'm hurt. I'm hurt,” Philpot said. “They took him. They took him from me. They took him from you."

Cook was 17 years old when he was killed. He’s one of five murders in Louisville just this week.

"AD was loved,” Philpot said. “My family loved him. He loved us."

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"Stop the violence the hate and the anger and replace it with you love,” a man at the vigil prayed aloud. “Help us father God, teach us and show us how to love one another."

"Ya'll don't know the pain that we have to endure as parents every day; everyday,” McNealy said. “Why y'all? Why? Why are we letting this happen?"

"We have to do something, and we can and we will,” Philpot said.

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