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An extended plea for peace

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Louisville, Ky (WDRB) -- Unity for the community.

That's the message the families of the three men killed in a shootout are trying to get across.

The families of the three men are scared there's a retaliation being planned after that fatal gun fight that took their sons and they say they need their voices heard to prevent more violence.

Two balloons are released first that represent hope.

Then three balloons, one for each victim of that triple homicide--Mark Fields, Rayshawn Stovall and Kevin Tandy.

Last Sunday, police say the three men were outside an apartment building in South Louisville when a gun fight broke out.

Even though police say the men killed each other, their mothers stand as one now, hoping to lead by example.

"We have to reach out and embrace each other and that's why all three families are here," said Dian Tandy, Kevin Tandy's Grandmother.

They want to send a message to the young people who knew these men not to drum up more violence.

They say gun violence is an ongoing issue and it's time to do something about it.

"It's a problem in every neighborhood. Sometimes it's not seen but every time I turn on the news, someone, a husband is killed, a wife is killed, boyfriend has killed a child or he killed his girlfriend. Violence is too much. It's too much and getting rid of the guns is not going to solve that problem. Unity will solve the problem," said Tandy.

The families say it takes courage and compassion to stand here together but they believe they can make more of an impact as a group.

They're planning a compassion walk to be held May 18th at 1pm to keep the awareness going.

It'll start at Broadway and 32nd.

Anyone is welcome to attend.

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