Final Juice Bowl game rescheduled after Thanksgiving Day violence

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The final game of the Juice Bowl has been rescheduled for this weekend after two people were shot and killed during the football tournament on Thanksgiving Day.

Organizers say they don't want those gunshots to overshadow what the tournament is all about.

“It's a place where we all come together to see some of our old friends that we haven't seen in years,” said Neal Robertson, President of the West Louisville Urban Coalition.

On Thanksgiving Day, numerous shots rang out at Shawnee Park, not far from the football fields.

“I heard it ... We were standing on the sidelines watching the women’s team play,” Antjuan Allen told WDRB News on the day of the shooting.

A total of seven people were shot, and two were killed.

“I saw one guy laid out. He was still alive. Then I saw another guy over there dead ... He was shot in the head,” Allen said.

“We refuse to let a few guys who come down with bad intentions to break up something that's good for the community,” Robertson said.

That's why the final game will be played Saturday, Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. at Shawnee Park. Robertson says the Louisville All Stars will play the Louisville Hurricanes.

He adds in the 60-plus years during tournament play, nothing like what happened on Thanksgiving has ever occurred.

“We never had police presence. We never had an incident there. Only thing -- there might be some rough play on the football field,” Robertson said.

But this weekend, there will be police officers present.

And in addition to the fun and games, it will also be a time to reflect on the events from last week.

“We will have a moment of silence, because you know people did lose their lives, and we feel for the families,” Robertson said. “But we want to make sure we show the people in the community we won't stop. We're going to continue to have the Juice Bowl as long as the community gets behind us.”

Organizers are asking for a huge show of support from the community as a sign of solidarity against the violence.

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