Compassion Ceremony honors victims of homicides - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Compassion Ceremony honors victims of homicides

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB Fox 41)-- Hundreds of family members of homicide victims gathered Saturday to celebrate the lives of their loved ones. Close to 500 people have died in homicides since Louisville's merger in 2003.

The names of those victims were read aloud at the Seelbach HIlton. The Compassion Ceremony was organized by community activist Christopher 2x.

Among the speakers, Teri Tharpe, whose son was shot and killed in the Beacher Terrace housing complex.

Antonio Tharpe was just days away from going to UK and was the subject of a documentary about street violence that aired on Fox 41.

"So I went to see the person that killed my son and I told him I forgive him, I accept his apology. That took some of the darkness out. But in all reality, it starts with me," said Teri Tharpe, victim's mother.

"While I understand the pain you are going through, but my pain is nothing compared to your pain," said Col. Robert White, LMPD Police Chief.

LMPD Police Chief Robert White told the crowd he was committed to working on unsolved homicide cases.

He also urged the public to work with police to help prevent future acts of violence.

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