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Cousin of murdered 1-year-old calling for drastic measures

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Connie McFarland, the cousin of 1-year-old Ne'Riah Miller Connie McFarland, the cousin of 1-year-old Ne'Riah Miller
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Drastic measures: that's what the family of a 1-year-old murder victim says are needed to stop violence in Louisville. 

On Friday, WDRB's Stephan Johnson talked with family members who say they aren't just giving lip service to what they want done. They say they're ready to take action.

Instead of starting on the streets, one family member -- Connie McFarland -- wants to take the fight to lawmakers in Frankfort. The result she is asking for may raise some eyebrows.

"You pull a trigger, you take a life, you gonna give your life," she said. "No 20 years. No 30 years."

McFarland is the cousin of 1-year-old Ne'Riah Miller, who was shot and killed earlier this week. Miller's mother was also shot but survived.

McFarland is now collecting signatures on a petition to take to lawmakers in Frankfort. This is the second family member she has lost to gun violence in the last 18 months, and she believes stiffer penalties would be a major deterrent.

"I got the knock at the door, everybody else is going to get their turn if we don't stop it...we all going to get that knock at the door."

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