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Louisville, KY (WDRB) -- The mothers of three men who died during a shootout are urging young people to remain calm and not to start violence.
Sharron Fields, Mark Fields' mother says, "I always said to my teenagers, most of all to my son, I don't want to bury you. I want you to bury me, but it didn't go that way."
It was a very emotional day, as the families of three men involved in a deadly shootout came together with a message of peace. Mothers, sisters, aunts, and grandmothers packed the Fight Crimes Against Children room in solidarity saying they want the community to get rid of illegal guns and want violence to stop.
Some have read social media messages that they fear could turn to violence, as they get ready to bury Kavin Tandy, Rayshawn Stovall, and Mark Fields.
Sharron Fields says, "I say out there please, put them down and come on and let me take you to church. We need this...this retaliation has got to stop. We're losing a lot of people, most of all young people."
On Sunday afternoon, police say the three men were outside an apartment building in South Louisville off Georgetown Place, south of Berry Boulevard. Police say all three died in a gun fight with each other.
Police say they believe drugs were involved. But they're still talking to witnesses about what happened.
Zorina Wallace, Rayshawn Stovall's mother, says, "Yes, he made some mistakes, but he knew that God has something else in store for him. He just finished Job Corps. He just got his high school diploma while he was incarcerated."
The families are hoping that if people see their suffering, it will get others to turn their lives around.
Dian Tandy, Kavin Tandy's grandmother says, "This is a hurt I can't even explain. I used to tell people, my heart goes out to you, but I don't understand. Now I understand and I don't want to."
Sharron Fields says, "But God I still thank you. I thank you for giving me 23 years with him, but Lord I have no hatred for no one, no one."