Community mourns 14-year-old shot and killed in drive-by shooting
The teen's grandmother says she unknowingly drove up on the scene and saw her grandson lying in the street on the night he was killed.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A young teenager who was killed in the Smoketown neighborhood was remembered Thursday night by the community.
Young and old came together and grasped each other’s hands as they prayed for 14-year-old Troyvonte Hurt.
“Dear God, we know his life was cut short unnecessarily,” a family friend prayed.
His parents, grandmother, and more than a hundred people who were touched by his life came to remember him where his life was taken near Clay and Jacob Streets.
“It’s hard, it's really hard,” said Lanesha Harris, the victim’s mother.
Hurt’s grandmother is also reeling with pain. She unknowingly drove up on the scene and saw her grandson lying in the street.
“I loved that little boy to death" Arquilla Booker said. "I raised that little boy."
Police say Hurt was shot in the head in what they believe was a drive-by shooting. Two other people were also injured, but are expected to be OK.
“He got killed for nothing. At all. Nothing,” Harris said.
“You never know how it hurts until it hits home. And this right here hurts,” Booker said. “I was hoping God would wake me up to a dream, that [Hurt] would call me and be like, 'Granny whatcha doing?' Wasn't no call today...”
A strong police presence was clearly visible at the vigil. Dozens of officers watched from afar and blocked off streets. Detectives are still looking for the person responsible, but are having a difficult time getting people to talk.
“It's a situation where a 14-year-old gets killed in front of 20 people, and when the police get there, nobody saw or heard anything,” Lt. Todd Kessinger said.
The young teen had the nickname "Fat Daddy," given to him by his grandmother because of his love for food and football.
Hurt’s T-Breds football coach said breaking the news to his teammates was grueling.
“Anytime you lose a kid in any circumstance, it’s gut-wrenching because we feel like we failed them,” Maurice Churn said.
With so much life ahead of him, the teen’s family only finds comfort in knowing he's in a better place.
“They took him from me at an early age, but God got him, so I know he's good. God got him,” said Troy Hurt, the victim’s father.
The family is now pleading for justice.
If you have any information in this case, call the anonymous police tip line at 574-LMPD.
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