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Family gathers Sunday to mourn the loss of four relatives to gun violence

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville family gathered Sunday night to remember the latest of four relatives lost to gun violence within a decade.

LMPD says Toreze Bland, 22, was shot and killed Friday afternoon in the Shawnee neighborhood off of South 43rd Street and Elliott Avenue.

“I don’t know why my son got lured over here and killed here," the victim's father, Craig Bland Sr. said. "He don’t live over here. Everybody tells me to be strong. Yeah, I’m gonna be as strong as I can, but how much strength do I have?”

The family buried Toreze Bland’s brother, Craig Bland Jr., in May 2012 when he was gunned down along 32nd Street. Their cousins, James and Mike Bland, were also shot and killed within the last ten years.

“We’ve grieved through so much. We have not even got to go through to where we have gotten over any of our family members, “said Shauna Fischer, Toreze Bland’s sister.

As loved ones came together at the scene of Toreze Bland’s death on Sunday night, they used candles to spell out his nickname “Red” and set up a cross, as well as pictures of the 22-year-old.

Craig Bland Sr. asked that no one take justice into their own hands. 

“I don’t want nobody going out here and doing nothing stupid and putting my son’s name on it ... and saying you did it for him. No, you didn’t. I ask you not to do it.”

No arrests have been made in the case. Anyone with information is asked to call 574-LMPD. 

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