Peace walk held in neighborhood struck by rash of violence

Published: Aug. 30, 2016 at 8:11 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 31, 2016 at 3:00 AM EDT
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Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Steve Conrad (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Steve Conrad (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Chase Farrar (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Chase Farrar (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Jonah Ware (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Jonah Ware (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - So many shootings in such little time. Louisville's Smoketown neighborhood has been one of the hardest hit by recent violence.

Tuesday evening, it was also the place Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Steve Conrad planned to host a peace walk.

For the past month, peace walks have been held around town. The goal is for people in these neighborhoods to get know and talk to the chief.

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Some who attended Tuesday's peace walk were so frustrated with all the violence they screamed, "Put down the guns" as they walked through the neighborhood.

"We want to do all we can to get to know this community," Conrad said. "We want to do all we can to make this community great."

Hundreds of people showed up, the largest crowd so far. But we wanted to talk to some of the most affected by the violence like 10-year-old Chase Farrar, who knew all about last week's shootings.

"People need to stay off social media and put down the guns and all that," he said.

He also had advice for his peers.

"Fourteen years old, you should be at school school, homework, support and then God."

We also met three young men. Two of them wore RIP t-shirts.

"Like, it could be from relatives like big brothers older than them. So like, they affect the little ones too," Jonah Ware said.

The teens said some who end up in trouble are sometimes not given a choice.

"If they can't get me, they are going to get my little brother, you know what I'm saying. If they can't get my little brother, they're going to get my momma," Ware said.

The peace walk stopped at the memorial for 14-year-old Troyvonte Hurt who was shot to death on Aug. 24. The crowd broke out in a song.

So are walks like these working? Mayor Greg Fischer and Conrad believe so.

"It is a way for us to get out and connect with people and I always think there's value in that," Conrad said.

"What we want to avoid is another 14-year-old killed on the streets of our city," Fischer said.

Some of the teens said they appreciate the outreach but offered a solution of their own.

"We need somebody to look up to for real, in a positive mindset," Antwon Hurt, Troyvonte's older brother, said.

Conrad said the walks will continue, even through winter.

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