Community leaders plead for an end to rising gun violence in Louisville
Three weeks after a 14-year-old boy was killed in a drive-by shooting in Smoketown, family and friends hope a new foundation will end the gun violence on our streets.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Three weeks after a 14-year-old boy was killed in a drive-by shooting in Smoketown, family and friends hope a new foundation will end the gun violence on our streets.
Troyvonte Hurt, 14, was killed a drive-by shooting on Clay Street, a scene that have become all too familiar to many in Louisville.
Dozens of people filed into the Chestnut Street YMCA on Monday to discuss the rash of gun violence in Louisville. Christopher 2X with Hood 2 Hood drove home the message with disturbing images of victims.
"The imagery of something that's not pleasant sometimes garners your attention," he said. "It makes you think."
Troy Hurt says every day is a struggle since he lost his son, Troyvonte. The teen's family shared their struggles with the group.
"We know we can't stop all of the violence going on, but we can stop some of the violence," Hurt said.
That's one reason they've started "Troyvonte's Troopers" in the teen's memory, encouraging young people to lead the charge and become ambassadors of peace.
"These young kids don't seem to have a sense of value of life anymore," Hurt said. "Most of them think life is like a video game. I can kill them and can come back, and I can reload. But it's not like that. Once you take a life, you can never ever get it back."
It's a message that didn't fall on deaf ears, as many in the audience were mourning their own losses.
"Eighty-five criminal homicides ... nearly 300 people hit by gunfire in almost close to nine months," 2X said. "If there's not an internal will in some of these neighborhoods around, we're going to be plagued with this situation for years to come and unfortunately, possibly for decades to come."
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