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Erica Hughes speaks at interfaith Memorial Day service

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Erica Hughes, age 9, spoke at an interfaith Memorial Day service Monday morning. Erica Hughes, age 9, spoke at an interfaith Memorial Day service Monday morning.
An interfaith Memorial Day service held Monday morning at the Westwood Presbyterian Church on Greenwood Avenue, near Southwestern Parkway. An interfaith Memorial Day service held Monday morning at the Westwood Presbyterian Church on Greenwood Avenue, near Southwestern Parkway.
The emphasis was on compassion at the interfaith Memorial Day service Monday morning. The emphasis was on compassion at the interfaith Memorial Day service Monday morning.
Representatives of various religions took part in the ceremonies at the interfaith Memorial Day service at the Westwood Presbyterian Church. Representatives of various religions took part in the ceremonies at the interfaith Memorial Day service at the Westwood Presbyterian Church.
Community activist Christopher 2X, flanked by 9-year-old Erica Hughes, who asked area residents to trade compassion for conflict. Community activist Christopher 2X, flanked by 9-year-old Erica Hughes, who asked area residents to trade compassion for conflict.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Stop the violence.

That was the message at a special interfaith Memorial Day service held Monday morning at the Westwood Presbyterian Church on Greenwood Avenue, near Southwestern Parkway.

The service was all about "compassion," and representatives of various religions took part in the ceremonies. Attendees also heard words from a young woman who has experienced violence firsthand: 9-year-old Erica Hughes.

It was on May 18th, 2006 when someone broke into Hughes' home, killing her mother, and also shooting Erica in the head. She was just 2-years-old at the time.

This morning, Hughes, along with community activist Christopher 2X, urged area residents to choose peace over destruction, and to cast weapons aside.

"When we think about war and violence -- there is a war that happens in the streets of our city, in the streets of many American cities, and we address that as much as what happens in our wars," said Terry Taylor, executive director of Interfaith Paths to Peace.

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