Survivors of violence in Louisville want to meet with mayoral candidates before election
LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) – The mother of a Jeffersonville teen shot and killed in Louisville is calling on mayoral candidates Greg Fischer and Angela Leet to listen to what she, and hundreds of others, have to say as the midterm election approaches.
Misty Tweedy’s son, 18-year-old Jericho Moore, was shot and killed in June 2017 near 28th and Dumesnil Streets in the Park Hill neighborhood.
The urn his cremains are in is never far from Tweedy – his death still something she copes with every day, 13 months after his murder.
“I talk to him, I kiss him. I hold him but I’m never going to feel him say I love you or hold me back,” Tweedy said.
Sunday afternoon, Tweedy publicly called on Mayor Greg Fischer and Councilwoman Angela Leet to speak with the survivors and families of loved ones who were lost to violence.
As the election approaches, she says she is not asking for help, she just wants to be heard.
“Listen to what we have to say. No one knows what we go through but us victims, us survivors. No one knows that and we feel like no one cares,” she said.
Last year’s Pegasus Institute Report documents years of crime studies many victim's families say are being ignored.
Tweedy told WDRB her request for a roundtable meeting with the mayoral candidates is not a republican or democratic issue.
“It’s a human issue,” Tweedy said. “(My son is) gone. He’s not coming back. So there is nothing that anyone can tell me. My life is never going to be the same.”
The man who is charged with Moore's murder, 26-year-old Charles Barnes, is currently awaiting trial.
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