LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Dozens of people affected by violent crime gathered together on Sunday in a moment of unity and compassion for each other.

Michael Harris Sr. was shot and killed on Dec. 22, 2007 in Louisville’s Russell neighborhood. His son, now a 20-year-old, has a clear message for those dealing with the aftermath of violent crime.

“I want to talk to some of the younger folks, even some of the older folks,” Michael Harris Jr. said. “It’s never too late to forgive because I know that I'm getting stronger each and every day.”

The gathering was made of many who participated in a recent study that attempted to calculate the cumulative societal costs of a homicide.

“The greatest service that the police and city of Louisville can provide for the victims of homicides, for the families of the victims of homicides is to make sure no one is added to your number,” former LMPD Lieutenant Rich Pearson said.

Harris, in particular, felt a calling to address the group.

“Even though I lost my best friend, I had to think to myself, what can I do as a person, as a son to honor my father's name?” he said.

The hope is to present and discuss the study at a Louisville Metro Council public safety committee meeting in the New Year.

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