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Families of homicide victims grieve at west Louisville remembrance ceremony

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A violent year in Louisville has left a skyrocketing number of families coping with loss.

Dozens of families held up pictures of loved ones at a remembrance ceremony Thursday night at the Chestnut Street YMCA. The event worked to bring awareness to the human toll lost to gun violence in the city.

Families shared stories and prayed for peace. Nicole Cowherd, whose husband Charles was shot and killed in June, says the loved ones are also victims and are left with an irreplaceable loss.

“My heart hasn’t been beating, in my eyes, since June 17," she said. "My whole world stopped, and every time I hear about another death, it just takes me back to that day."

Mary Hester lost her brother in a shooting and also pleaded for peace.

“My brother is Donald Hester. He was killed on October the 19th. He meant a lot to us. He was one of nine children,” Hester said.

She is calling on the community to step up and help keep the peace.

“It’s time for parents to get together, raise your kids, know where your kids are, know what’s going on,” she said.

Marcus Pope lost his grandson’s father, Stepfon Harris, to a shooting in July. He is saddened but hasn’t given up hope and says the violence can be stopped.

“We as people have got to stand up and make a change, each and every one of us," Pope said. "The few people that are here today ... you think you can’t make a difference, but you can."

The families with unsolved cases are hoping people will come forward so they can finally have answers.

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