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Facebook post inspires crowds to walk Big Four Bridge

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Shoulder to shoulder and step by step, neighbors in Louisville and Southern Indiana walked the Big Four Bridge with a purpose Sunday.

Organizer Bob Hill describe the event as a call to action to take back the Big Four from teenage violence. Hill said, "Yes we care and yes we're going to fix this problem."

Estimates are more than five hundred people showed up for the walk. The gathering came one week after a group of 200 teens set off mayhem on the Big Four Bridge that spilled into the heart of downtown Louisville.

The days that followed brought victims forward one after another. One victim showed us her dented car and black eye. She described the attack saying, "The boy comes out of nowhere, punches me in my eye, knocks me out."

It uncovered a problem that few knew about until now. Hill said, " I read the stories in the paper about people being afraid to come down here and I've lived here 40 years and I've seen tremendous progress on both sides of the river.

Hill said the community should not be poisoned by fear. I though this is just wrong. There are a million people who use this park every year and we're going to keep using this park."

This weekend police made two more arrests, 18 year old Shaquazz Allen, and his 19-year-old cousin Tyrone Booker. Still, we know of at least 21 incidents from last weekend, robberies, assaults and more with arrests outstanding.

The suspect's families say police are fishing, locking up the wrong teens. One of the suspect's aunts, Angela Montgomery said, " When they are cleared, and they will be cleared, this is going to get ugly."

But for residents like Linda Biere who came to the walk from Polo Fields neighborhood it's a sign of solidarity. Biere said, " You know you can live your life in fear and never see anything. Come with a friend, come with a group  but come down and enjoy it. Our taxes paid for it."

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