Friday marks one year since deadly double shootings in West Louisville
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---On May 17th, 2012, shots rang out at 32nd and Greenwood in broad daylight, leaving 3 people dead.
Soon after, the Mayor assembled a Violence Prevention Task Force to come up with solutions to curb the violence.
Community activist Christopher 2X served on the Community Rebuilding Committee.
"Basically, it's about engaging the youth early on. It's as simple as that. We have to engage them early on," says Christopher 2X with Fight Crimes Against Children.
One way they are engaging children is at the Parkland Boys and Girls Club.
It reopened after the shootings, which took place across the street.
"Since then it's been like 120-125 kids coming in and out of here per day," says Neal Robertson, a volunteer.
They say it's important to give kids a place to go and have used the shootings as a teaching lesson.
"The message we hope to get out is that we can start at any point and time to make peace the first choice, and that's kinda what we want to do with the kids," says Dr. Eddie Woods, CEO of the Life Hope Center.
On Friday at noon, a moment of silence will be held at the shooting scene.
A bell will be rung 17 times, and a wreath will be placed on the corner of the two streets.
Volunteers with the Parkland Boys and Girls Club and community members will also hold an event from 6 to 8 p.m.
They're calling Friday a 'Day of Peace' in the Parkland neighborhood, and are hoping community members will get involved.
"And we just basically gonna be out in the community to let them know that we are here and still behind them. We're going to give away free food and a couple people are going to speak and talk about violence," says Neal Robertson.
Some of the victims family members are expected to speak at the event.
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