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Family will march to honor murdered WKU student

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB-TV) -- Family and friends of a Western Kentucky University student who was murdered over the weekend are returning to the scene of the crime. 

Cheryl Williamson's family and friends want her to be the last person killed after leaving a party or nightclub.

"It's going to be called the 'Stop the Club/Venue Violence," says Kenyatta Drake, Williamson's cousin.

Drake is planning a march on Sunday, Dec. 2.  She's hoping to raise awareness about the issue.

Drake says, "I really would like to get like 10,000 people out, you know, I told 'em bring your kids, your animals, your parents, your grandparents...any living thing."

Williamson was a senior at WKU and was shot and killed early Sunday morning after leaving a party at the Gillespie in downtown Louisville.

"It's like you got to watch who you bump into, watch who you talk to," says Shawn Sanders, local promoter.

Witnesses say Williamson was shot after arguing with two men inside the party.  As a result, Sanders says, "A lot of people really don't want to go out and party no more."

Sanders has brought in nationally known artists like Master P. to Louisville. He says the ongoing violence is starting to scare people away.

"You know, you want to go out and have a good time but you don't know what's going on behind it," says Sanders.

Sanders has been involved with dozens of parties at the Gillespie and other venues and believes criminals are creative when it comes to getting weapons inside. 

"Anybody can say 'hey, I'm going to the car or I'm going out to light a cigarette," Sanders explains. "Anything can go on behind that."

And that's why Kenatta Drake hopes Sunday's march will lead to changes in the law and eventually at night clubs and parties. 

Drake says she favors a law requiring nightclubs to be equipped to detect weapons -- "the body scan or whatever."

Drake is using social media to spread the word.  So far the response has been good.

"I started posting it on Facebook just to see what type of impact it would have on people, and wow. A lot of people were like, 'Let's do it. Let's do it,'" says Drake.

The March is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2. It will start at Floyd and Market and end at The Gillespie at 421 W. Market.

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