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Louisville, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's been a violent weekend in Louisville, with several murders. Two of which happened Sunday morning. The youngest victim from the rash of murders was only 17.
Darius Miller Jr. was going to be a senior at Waggener High School and was the quarterback of the football team. Although only one of five murders since Thursday, the age of this victim makes the tragedy that much harder to swallow.
Three long stem roses now mark the spot where a budding high school athlete was knocked to the ground by gun fire. "Our officers arrived here on the scene to find a black male believed to be perhaps in his mid to late teens that was lying in the parking lot at a nearby business," LMPD spokesperson Alicia Smiley told media Sunday. "Apparently he had been shot at least one time."
By Sunday afternoon, Miller's friends overwhelmed the Walgreens parking lot on Broadway and 35th street where police say 17-year-old Darius Miller Junior was shot to death. While at the teens home--one block away--family remember the teen they called "man-man".
"Man-man like most children his age had his troubles, but overall he was a respectful young man and he didn't deserve what happened to him," said his aunt Lacrissa Bender-Cosby.
Police say Miller was shot around 12:30 Sunday morning in the parking lot. By Sunday morning, 22-year-old Kyle Chambers was arrested in connection to the murder.
Bender-Cosby choked back tears as she looked for answers. "Why did you have to take his life? They took my sisters baby, they took my brothers baby." She sent a targeted message to Chambers. "I don't want to see anybody else die, but I hope they prosecute you to the fullest extend of the law--you and the other person who was with you."
Bender-Cosby tries to process the loss, as she holds onto his memory through his 8 month old daughter. "I just want you to see what you took. You took a father from a child," said the teen's aunt. The baby, she said, will never know her father.
Meanwhile, across town, just hours after Miller's death, 31-year-old Dennis Holland is found shot to death. "Our fourth division officers were flagged down by someone who apparently saw a body laying in an alley way," said Smiley. No suspects have been arrested in that incident.
"This is the second investigation that our homicide unit has been called on tonight, however there is no reason to believe that they are related," said Smiley. While the community sees enough of a connection to call for change.
Jerald Muhammad of Brothers Helping Brothers came out to the scene of Miller's murder to reach out to the teen's friends. He said there is a gun epidemic in Louisville that needs to be fixed. "Our community is in an emergency situation so we can't sit back and continue to let things go down." So that Miller's daughter can grow up in a neighborhood much different than that of her father's.