Less than 24 hours after Ali's burial, violence continues in city

Less than 24 hours after Ali's burial, violence continues in city
Published: Jun. 12, 2016 at 12:54 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 12, 2016 at 3:59 AM EDT
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Christopher 2X (Source: WAVE 3 News)
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – One day after the world said goodbye to Muhammad Ali, those who hoped the moment would bring peace to the city are again dealing with gun violence.

The latest victim is a woman who was shot and killed in a car. The car also held a baby. Police are now questioning another passenger that was in the car, but don't have any suspects in the investigation.

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Community activists are saying this recent string of violent events, so close to the death of iconic boxer and activist really isn't what Ali lived for.

Friday's funeral procession was an elaborate sendoff for The Greatest. It was a rare and beautiful scene in which the whole city came together to say goodbye to its most famous son. For many, it was a hopeful moment.

"We hope with the joy that we've seen, and witnessed, and had been a part of, that it would at least be a game-changer at some level," community activist Christopher 2X said.

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However, violence continues to rock the city a week after Ali's passing. Saturday morning another life was lost when 20-year-old Jacoya Mangrum was shot and killed in the Taylor Berry neighborhood. However, Mangrum is not alone.

2X listed a string of violent events that happened since the time of Ali's death.

"(A) 13-year-old girl on Monday getting hit by stray bullets, a 14-year-old, the next day, being hit by gunfire, and then Friday, on early Saturday morning, today within a 24-hour time frame, a 19-year-old loses his life to a homicidal situation," 2X said.

Other community leaders, like James Linton, say the city has to retain any inspiration it received from Ali's legacy.

"If we didn't learn anything else from yesterday's ceremony, everyone came together," Linton said. "For one common goal, it was about peace and love and harmony, and that's what this city has to be about."

They're asking for change.

"I would like to bring all the leadership together to come up with a plan of action," Linton added.

In addition, community leaders are asking for those who may need help to speak up.

"Do not hesitate to seek help with their community partners, as it relates to behavioral issues they might be embarrassed about. If they don't want to talk to others about, they can talk to us," 2X said.

The two activists say they will be meeting with the Lt. Governor, Jenean Hampton, in a few weeks to try to get the city closer to one Muhammad Ali had envisioned. One that emphasizes acceptance and peace.

As for the shooting from this morning, no arrests have been made.

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