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Mayor Fischer, community leaders respond to youth violence

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LOUISVILLE, Ky.  (WDRB)-- From the mayor's office to the radio, people are looking for answers and offering solutions to the recent outbreaks of youth violence in Metro Louisville.

1350 WLOU and 104.7 is usually dedicated to gospel music. But Thursday, the station was a sounding board for the city's recent outbreak of youth violence. Mayor Greg Fischer even hit the airwaves.

"There's nothing wrong with kids getting together but when it turns violent obviously, it's totally unacceptable," said Mayor Fischer, referencing the weekend violence.

That's when there were more than a dozen assaults and robberies by young people in several spots throughout the downtown area.

"Do you think that they went down there with the intent to cause this riot or was it something that just escalated?" asked WLOU radio host Krystal Goodner.

"I would think that it is just something that escalated, I don't know any large group of kids that get together and go out and beat up and rob people," Fischer answered.

Goodner says there's a good reason the mayor reached out to the station's listeners. 

"We are the station of the grandparents, we are the station of the parents, we are the station of the teachers and the leaders in this community," she explained.

And that group has been the focus since the attacks.  

"I must say, I don't think the problem is with the youth, think the problem is the leadership," said Minister Jerald Muhammad, with The Nation of Islam.

At this news conference by the group Man Up, Minister Muhammad echoed what several city leaders have said. 

"These children have parents, they have school teachers, they've got aunts, they've got uncles, they've got pastors and there's a long list of people who have failed to do their job," Muhammad said.

City leaders suspect the violence started in response to a fatal confrontation on a TARC bus.  As he signed off the radio, Mayor Fischer shared and used the words of one of the youth involved to prove a point.

"Did you hear what she said? No, what was it? Where's my momma."

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