Louisville residents march downtown to remember 81 homicide victims in Louisville this year
There have been 81 homicides this year in Louisville. Some community members say that number is way too high.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- There have been 81 homicides in 2015 in Louisville.
Some community members say that number is way too high. On Sunday, they marched the streets of west Louisville, hoping to build trust and relationships so no more lives have to be lost.
"81 homicides is 81 too many," said Louisville Urban League President Sadiqa Reynolds.
Sunday afternoon, Reynolds held a community gathering outside of the Louisville Urban League. The front yard was still covered in crosses, each one representing a life lost.
"Murder is not normal," Reynolds said.
Mothers, fathers and community leaders were all focused on finding a solution to end the violence.
"Jobs is a big part of this, education is another part, mental health is another part. So we want to say to everyone, if it's about jobs, justice, education, health and housing, then it's about the Urban League,” Reynolds said.
Family members of murder victims want the killing to stop, saying it hits too close to home and more loved ones do not need to be lost.
"(We) don't want any other family or young black males to have to experience being taken away like that," said one father, whose son was murdered.
Following a brief prayer, Louisville residents as well as state and city leaders walked down West Broadway.
For four blocks, they read the names of all 81 homicide victims.
“These are people that were loved by somebody," Reynolds said. "They were important to someone."
One of the names read during the walk was that of 33-year-old Michael Thomas Junior.
"My son was murdered on Bluegrass Avenue on July the 5th," Michael Thomas Sr. said.
He thinks we need to improve the justice system, have more gun control and bring everyone in the community together from east to west, regardless of skin color.
"There are a lot of times we do these marches and later on it has died down," Thomas said. "We gotta keep goin’, we can't stop."
"We are not mostly murderers. We are not mostly uneducated. We are not mostly built to go to jail, so we need to make sure we change the narrative," Reynolds said.
The Urban League says Louisville cannot be successful if part of the community fails, and it wants people to know there are services and jobs out there.
If you need to be put in touch with those, just visit the Louisville Urban League’s Website.
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