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Moment of silence marks painful anniversary for Metro Louisville

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Friday marked the first anniversary of one of Metro Louisville's darkest days. A moment of silence was held for the victims of the violence.

It was a very chaotic scene in the Parkland neighborhood one year ago: a scene that shocked the city. 

"I can't do nothing but look at the outline that's still on the ground," said Aja Nkrumah, the mother of one victim.

The chaos and shooting changed Nkrumah's life forever.

"I think about it every day -- 365 days -- so this is not just the only day that I think about it," she said.

Metro Police were already investigating the shooting deaths of two people when two women started arguing. 

"This was the last place I seen my daughter, so I didn't know where else to go," said Nkruham.

Police say Cheetara Goldsmith pulled out a gun and shot Nkrumah's daughter, Makeba Lee, to death.

On Friday, Louisville Metro Police and city leaders joined hands and prayed before the moment of silence. 

"I stepped outside of my office and I just saw mayhem," said Pastor Vincent James, Elim Baptist Church.

Pastor James' church is located at 32nd and Greenwood. Not only was the church surrounded by the violence, it is also connected. 

"Several of the members, even some of the victims, were in a program that we had," Rev. James said.

Since the shooting, there have been a number of vigils, and the mayor created a task force to find solutions to the problem.  One recommendation was to hire Anthony Smith as Director for Safe Neighborhoods, but there's still gang graffiti present, and some say, so is the crime.

"I don't think they're designed to reduce crime, but to highlight and to make people sure that people stay aware of what's going on," Smith said.

"I think it's important that we use today as an opportunity to recognize what was a tragic day in our community," said Chief Steve Conrad, LMPD.

"People have choices, and the choices that they make, this is not going to stop 'em," said Nkrumah.

"We want to do what we can do to help them.  We need them to get involved. If they are fearful about talking to us directly, they can call our tip line -- 574-LMPD," said Chief Conrad.

There is also a compassion walk planned for Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at 32nd and Broadway.  It is to honor all of the victims of gun violence.  Meanwhile, Metro Police say last year's shooting is still an open investigation.

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