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Police work to find ways to curb city's homicide rate

It has been a violent year in Metro Louisville.  According to police the homicide rate is up from this same time last year.

Metro Police are investigating two murders from this week, which brings the city to 40 homicides for the year.

That's 13 more than at this same time last year and that's why some victim's families are speaking out.

Diana Keelin's son recently received his high school diploma.

"When we heard that, we all sat in the room.  We were crying, but they were tears of joy," said  Lameka Beals, murder victim's cousin.

Those tears are because Diana Keelin never got to see her son in his cap and gown or walk with his class.

"As long as I've got him here in my heart.  I know I'm going to be ok," said Diana Keelin, murder victim's mother.

In March, Keelin's son, 17-year-old son Norman Beals Jr. was shot and killed near 23rd and Kentucky after a dispute over his moped.

"I'm sick of it.  It makes no sense at all," said Keelin.

That's just one of dozens of homicides in Metro Louisville this year.  Thursday night, Metro Police responded to two shooting deaths, the first at 28th and Market and another on West Jefferson.

"There appears to be nothing obvious that they're connected at this point, but certainly we won't rule anything out," said Dwight Mitchell, last Thursday.

This week's murder's may not be connected but they are part of what could be a record year for homicides in Metro Louisville.

"13 more than last year at this time," said Chris 2X, Fight Crimes Against Children.

Chris 2X is founder of Fight Crimes Against Children and has been tracking the city's homicides.  Fox 41 confirmed his numbers with police.

"Last year at this time we had 27 criminal homicides, to date from the last two homicides on Thursday which would have been July 9, we're up 40 right now," said Chris 2X.

2X believes the answer to ending some of the violence can be found in the city's youth.

"I'm convinced that most of these criminal homicides manifest themselves out of argument and so we need to teach the children how to problem solve anger and rage issues," said Chris 2X.

Ironically, Norman Beals Jr. had been accepted to K-State and wanted to do just that before he was killed.

"He wanted to become a minister so that he could could minister to children, so I guess he really is 'cause God probably got him up there preaching," said Keelin.

There were 73 murders in Metro Louisville last year, this year we've already hit 40.  If you have any information about any of the murders.  Anyone with information can call the anonymous police tip line at 574-LMPD.

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