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More than 100 honor 14-year-old murder victim, call for change

More than 100 people gathered to remember a teenager who was gunned down in the Smoketown neighborhood. (Source: Greg Schapker/WAVE 3 News) More than 100 people gathered to remember a teenager who was gunned down in the Smoketown neighborhood. (Source: Greg Schapker/WAVE 3 News)
Troyvonte Hurt (Source: Facebook) Troyvonte Hurt (Source: Facebook)
Troyvante Hurt was shot and killed near Clay and Jacob streets on Wednesday. (Source: Greg Schapker/WAVE 3 News) Troyvante Hurt was shot and killed near Clay and Jacob streets on Wednesday. (Source: Greg Schapker/WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - For the second night in a row, cries of grief filled the corner of Clay and Jacob streets in the Smoketown neighborhood.

The intersection hosted nearly 100 people who came to a vigil and balloon release for 14-year-old Troyvonte Hurt.

"Lord, give us the strength to make it through an unimaginable situation,” Derrick Dennis prayed.

The vigil marked the spot where Hurt was shot and killed Wednesday night. Two other people, a 16 year-old and 24-year-old, were also wounded.

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Police say the situation could’ve been much worse.

"It looks like a drive by shooting to where they fired into a crowd of people,” LMPD Homicide Lt. Todd Kessinger said. “We were extremely lucky we only had three victims."

Now, detectives are still searching for witnesses.

"It's a situation where a 14-year-old gets killed in front of 20 people and when the police get there, nobody saw or heard anything,” Kessinger said.

Hurt's family is a mix of anger and reflection.

"They'll stand out here and sell their little dope, shoot guns, shoot dice, but when something like this happens, don't nobody got nothing to say," LaNesha Harris, Hurt’s mother said. "They're cowards."

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Troy Hurt Sr., Troyvonte’s father, spoke with his son just 30 minutes before he was killed.

"I told him I love you, and I'll talk to him tomorrow but tomorrow has come and he has gone,” Hurt Sr. said through tears.  "Words can't express how I feel right now. I mean no parent should have to bury their 14-year-old son."

Supporters placed candles, plaques and flowers at the sight where Hurt was killed. After three murders in less than a week, the community is clearly heartbroken, but not yet hopeless.

"This here is a village,” Hurt’s grandmother Arquilla Booker said. "I feel like if this village pulls together, we can get it back."

Anyone with info on the shooting is urged to call the LMPD Anonymous Tip Line at 574-LMPD. 

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