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Events announced to commemorate West End shooting victims

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Memorial to commemorate one of the West End shooting victims killed in two shootings on 32nd Street last year. Memorial to commemorate one of the West End shooting victims killed in two shootings on 32nd Street last year.
Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott and community activist Chris 2X stand with others for a moment of silence to commemorate West End shooting victims. Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott and community activist Chris 2X stand with others for a moment of silence to commemorate West End shooting victims.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Community members and activists gathered in the West End Monday morning to commemorate a tragic event that happened almost a year ago during a deadly shooting spree.

Today, memorials commemorate the shooting victims.  Folks around the community announced they wanted to do something to try and prevent more of these memorials in the future.

Many called it a gruesome scene after two men in their twenties were shot to death in the middle of the day in West Louisville. As police tried to piece together what happened, another woman, around the same age, was shot to death just yards away.  Craig Bland, Tyson Mimms and Makeba Lee were shot to death around 32nd Street in two different shootings. All were in their twenties.  Three other people were injured that day as well.

"It's scary really just knowing that people my age are losing their lives on the streets," said Lavel White.  White works with Connected Voices, an organization partnering with community activists to reach out to those affected by tragedies such as that one.

"We cannot prevent every act of violence but as long as we are out here breathing and talking we are relying our message of hope," said Young Zillion, a member of Connected Voices.

Chris 2X, Councilwoman Scott and others said they want to observe a moment of silence one year later to commemorate the lives lost.  That will be followed by a Compassion Walk on Saturday, led by victims of gun violence.  

"We need to move forward and those who want to be involved on some level to deal with the systemic causes of violence, we want to let them have the opportunity to join different causes for that purpose," 2X said.

Scott said they want to educate people in different ways that violence is never the answer.

"We don't have power to dispute everything that could turn into a violent act, we do have the power of advocacy though," said 2X.

Some say they want these events to spark more preventative efforts.

"I commend what Councilwoman Attica Scott and Christopher 2X are doing," said Donnie Morris, Sr.

"I was hoping that a little more would come out of the vigils and the walks such as as the family members who have been hurt by all of this to tell their friends and their family members to be more watchful in the community."

Morris said he wanted to help encourage friends and family members who know what is going on in neighborhoods to "call the police and let them know when drug deals or crimes are occurring.  He said he works with youth through Prevention 2000, a crime prevention program that teaches safety techniques.

All involved said they simply want to see the cycle of violence come to an end.  The moment of silence will be held near the location of the shootings, around 32nd and Kentucky Streets.  It will take place at noon on May 17, 2013.

The "Compassion Walk" will take place on May 18, beginning at 3:30 p.m. at 32nd and Broadway.  Scott said there will also be a "Women Speak" discussion on May 19 at the Yearlings Club at the corner of 43rd St. and Broadway.  All events are open to the public.

They say the goal is to promote compassion for all, and each act is to educate on how to stop the violence.

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