Two Louisville brothers shot and killed in one year
Stephan Faulkner, 19, was shot and killed Thursday night along Ratcliffe Avenue.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Putting his talents to use, Stephan Faulkner was set to start a new job on Monday.
As the 19-year-old sat on his mother’s front porch Thursday night along Ratcliffe Avenue, LMPD says he and another teenager were shot.
The other teenager survived, but Stephan was killed.
“He was gifted and talented,” said Eric Faulkner, Stephan’s cousin. “His life has been snatched from him before he can even get it started.”
On Sunday afternoon, dozens of Stephan's loved ones met to share their memories and provide comfort.
“I’m not gonna sit here and say that he was a saint because he wasn’t, but I can tell you all that he had changed his life,” said Tracy Faulkner, Stephan’s mother.
“He was on the road to change and for it to be snuffed out and that quick, it’s tough for a family to have to deal with,” said Anthony Clark, another of Stephan's relatives.
Their family was already dealing with the unsolved murder of Stephan’s 20-year-old half-brother Benjamin Turner. He was shot in early August at an apartment complex in Hikes Point.
The brothers are just two of more than 100 homicides in Louisville since the start of the year.
“There is no code that protects you when the bullet comes. Some sit back and say ‘I’m not gonna say nothing’ but it’s hitting home,” said Eric Faulkner. “Anyone out there listening, break the silence and we’ll end the violence. Speak up!”
The family urges anyone with information on either shooting to call the Louisville Metro Police tipline at (502) 574-LMPD.
To help with funeral costs, Stephan's family has started a memorial fund at Autotruck Credit Union.
His family says he was an organ donor. They hope his death will help someone else to live a longer life.
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