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Family of homicide victim not bitter toward suspected killers

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Two men were indicted on Tuesday on robbery and murder charges for killing a teen back in December.

WDRB's Paige Quiggins is the only reporter who spoke with Kenny Forbes' family for the first time since his death.

"Kenny was, he was everything to me," said Kenneth Forbes, Sr., the father of 19-year-old Kenny Forbes.

"His time ran out way too soon," said Forbes' wife, Tamika, Kenny's "Other Mother."

Kenneth Forbes Junior's family says his life was cut short for no good reason.

"In this situation, who really wins? Nobody, really, behind this," said Forbes, Sr.

The former Valley High School Defensive Tackle was shot to death in a parking lot off Dixie Highway last December.

"They really took a wonderful person away from us," said Tamika Forbes. "It really hurt a lot of people."

Billy Richardson, 23, and Jerard Garrett, 31, were charged with his murder on Tuesday. The teen's loved ones are not bitter toward the ones police say committed what they call a senseless act.

"I really cannot dwell on it," said Forbes, Sr.

"I don't have any type of anger or remorse anymore, because some people just don't understand the different type of lifestyles that these individuals...they grow up and really start being accustomed to and violence is growing rapidly."

They said violence does not discriminate.

"He was brought up in a great household, both parents, he had loving parents, grandparents, a great support system," said Forbes, Sr. "It doesn't just happen to the ones who are out here lost, it happens to the ones who have strong family structure."

Forbes, Sr. said, while he does feel fortunate that two people are being held responsible for his son's death, many victims' families may never find answers.

"There are victims every day now, every other day who are victims of gun violence," said Forbes, Sr.

"Most of these people are not even brought to justice."

He said he hoped that at least he would be able to connect with families who have dealt with similar grieving.

"My heart goes out to every family that has lost loved ones that doesn't have what I have going on right now, none of this closure."

They say, while they are forgiving, it's a tragedy that could have been avoided.

"I am not saying my son is an angel, but he was a great kid," said Forbes, Sr.

"We all make mistakes. The thing about it is how we overcome our mistakes -- and he didn't ever have the chance to do that."

Forbes' mother, Tauana Herrod, said she hated "to feel this way" and cried when she looked at pictures of her son. She said she was not bitter toward those who ended her son's life either.

Regardless of the legal outcome, they say they hope those responsible and others can learn to stop the cycle that has taken so many lives.

"Whether they are behind bars or ever walk the streets again, that they can be helpful to some youths to not go down the same path that they went down," said Forbes, Sr.

Garrett and Richardson have extensive criminal histories and had been recently released from jail on felony charges before the murder. They are also charged with another murder which happened very close to the time of Forbes'. Both are scheduled to be arraigned on Monday, March 18.

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