LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- On Monday, Sgt. Emily McKinley painted an emotional picture of the trauma suffered by a 5-year-old boy who lost a family member to a homicide Saturday night.
Later that day, police decided to do something about it.
McKinley, head of the LMPD Homicide Unit, said that her statement would be uncharacteristic of a homicide press conference, but she felt it was necessary:
"I don't normally do this for cases that we have. I don't normally release this much information, but on this particular one, I kind of just want to paint a picture for everyone on how this happened, and how this run came out, and how we responded to this run.
If you remember that night, it was raining – it was pouring down rain. It was about 6 o'clock. It was unseasonably warm that day, but it was starting to get a little bit colder. It was pouring down rain, the puddles were starting to form, and there's Christmas lights up. And the rain is reflecting the Christmas lights. And you have the red and blue police lights, and the rain, and the red and blue police lights, and the reflection of that. And you have the chaos of the police radios and the EMS radios going.
And then you have a 5-year-old little boy standing next to his dad – the man he called his dad – while he takes his last breaths. And the 5-year-old little boy is crying in the rain, with the Christmas lights, and the red and blue lights, and it's getting cold, and it's the week before Christmas.
So that should never be. That's not okay. That is not Christmas. And that is not any holiday that anybody celebrates.
Unfortunately, 2016 has been a pretty rough year for our city when it comes to violent crime. And I just want that to bring home the impact that when these incidents happen – [the impact] that they have on families and kids because it’s not okay."
On Monday, police say they decided to do something about it. According to the department's Facebook page, Sgt. McKinley and other officers from the LMPD Homicide Unit went shopping for the boy. A picture shows them crowded around Target shopping carts -- carts that are filled to the brim with gifts. The picture had the following caption:
"Today, members of the LMPD Homicide Unit put their money together to provide an incredible Christmas to the family of one of the recent homicide victims. Great work guys! #LMPD #ourlouisville #respect"
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