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Family of teenage murder victim begs for a stop to the violence

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A year after a 17-year-old is gunned down in a Walgreens parking lot, one of three suspects is still free. But the victim's family isn't focusing on an arrest, as much as they want to send a message to Louisville youth.

Family members of Darius Miller Jr. gathered at 35th and W. Broadway Sunday to remember a life taken too soon. The 17-year-old high school senior was shot-to-death in a Walgreens parking lot about a block from his house on July 28, 2013.

Miller's family says the teens death is a reminder of a big problem in West Louisville.

"It's tearing this community apart," said the victim's aunt Lacrissa Bender-Cosby. "It seems like the last three or four weeks there has been a shooting over here every week."

In a year that had 48 homicides, Miller's murder was one of six that weekend. In the days following the murder, then 22-year-olds Destiny Trusty, and Kyle Chambers were arrested and charged with murder. Family says a third suspect was never caught.

The ongoing violence in their Chickasaw neighborhood and beyond, is prompting his family to make a plea to Louisville youth.

"All you all talk about how much you loved my nephew," said Bender-Cosby as she addressed the crowd. "Love yourself, get out of the streets, do something with your life, go to school, and love each other."

Miller's father, Darius Miller Sr., said he hopes the youth there today would see the pain inflicted on his family and think twice about their life on the streets. He encouraged his neighbors to be positive and active in the community to curb the violence.

"This is our home, we can't just up and move, so we have to come together as a community and make this neighborhood right," he said. "Stand out on your corners, call the police. They'll call you snitches or whatever but if you're saving a life, you are saving a life."

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