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Metro Council to hold special meeting about increased violence in Louisville

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Metro Louisville has had 21 homicides in 2015. That's more than five times higher than the same time frame in 2014.

It's a number the city's not proud of, and on Monday, March 9, a special meeting will be held to address the increase of violence.

"The children that we fail today - the third graders, the sixth graders, the eighth graders - a lot of times they're the victims and defendants tomorrow," Louisville Metro Councilman David Yates said.

He wants to know what the city is doing to keep its citizens safe.

"The police, the law enforcement, we don't have any direct control," he said. "A lot of it is domestic violence and things one-on-one, some terrible accidents ... but what we can do is we can prevent some."

Yates is the chairman of the Public Safety Committee. He called a special meeting Monday to talk about the recent increase in violence throughout Metro Louisville.

"I mean, a year ago today we had four murders," he said. "Today, we have 21 in that same time, and we've had an outpouring of concern."

It's a concern that's felt by the community and the cops.

"It's hard enough working one case, and then when you have fresh cases coming in, it'll literally overwhelm you," retired LMPD detective John Fogle Junior said.

Fogle attended a community celebration of life Sunday where victims of homicide were remembered. His own father was murdered in 1969.

"It helps me relate to them because it's hard enough when you lose somebody and don't understand why,” Fogle said. “So when you're able to put a bunch of people together in a support group and show them that you're not alone and not forgotten, it helps them with their grieving process."

"It's very, very disturbing," said Latosha Reynolds, who lost her son in a shooting at a Lexington bowling alley in 2013.

She thinks the government needs to get involved, saying harsher penalties could be the answer.

"Truth in sentencing, mandatory minimums, all that - making them do their time,” Reynolds said. “Get rid of the 20 percent and make them do 85 percent to 100 percent. I think that would make a difference."

A difference to the entire community, Yates says, no matter where the killings happen.

"We really are one Louisville. It's a small city - a big small city,” he said. “And when we have a murder 25 miles away, by God that still matters to me, matters to my family. And I want to do everything I can to minimize the violence.”

LMPD Chief Steve Conrad and the group Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods have been invited to Monday's meeting.

If you'd like to go, it starts at 1 p.m. in council chambers.

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