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Prayer vigil held for murdered cab driver

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Local community members say they have a plan of action to end violence after the murder of a local cab driver, and they plan to reach out to kids in the community who may be on the wrong path. 

Today, community members and friends of 31-year-old Papa Thiam went back to the scene of the murder to speak out against violence. A vigil was held on Garden Green Way in Newburg where Thiam was killed more than a week ago.

Police say it appears robbery was a motive, and three teenagers were later arrested and charged with murder.

Today, members of MAN UP held a prayer vigil and spoke out against the violence.

A letter was also read from Thiam's widow.

A friend of the family called this a senseless crime and says it's time for the community to stand up against the violence.

"Too many lives are taken from us for no good reason," said Papa Seck, a friend of the victim's family. "A young promising life full of hope and dreams, aspirations...came to the United States for a better life."

"I don't know how many more times we have to have something like this happen before we wake up and do something about it," said LMPD Major Lavita Chavous.

Those in attendance say they plan to reach out to troubled teens in the neighborhood by going to their homes and talking with family members. They've started a movement called STAR, which stands for Stop, Think, Act, Review, and are hoping it will catch on with teens.

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