LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – With seven homicides in just eight days Louisville is on track to set a deadly record in 2016.
Flashing police lights and yellow caution tape have become an all too familiar sight on the streets of Louisville.
“Right now it's just horrific,” said retired LMPD sergeant Jacquelyn Taylor-Roberts. “It's like no matter where you look or no matter where you go, it's just violence.”
And she knows what that sense of loss feels like.
“As a family we have been scorned with violence. We've had family members who are not here today because of violence,” she said.
So have thousands more across the country.
Since the start of 2016 Louisville has had 66 homicides. It's on trend to be one of the deadliest years in history.
“It's drug related, finance related, just relationships with people in general. Some people don't know how to resolve conflict,” Taylor-Roberts said.
Compared to cities similar in size -- Milwaukee has had 77 homicides, Indianapolis has seen 65, and there have been 132 in Memphis.
In larger cities, Seattle has only seen 11, while Los Angeles has had 376 and there have been 385 in Chicago.
“And I try to tell everybody it all starts with equal respect for everybody and once you get that respect it kind of makes it easier,” Taylor-Roberts said. “For me personally, a lot of prayer, a lot of prayer.”
And as the retired sergeant celebrated a family reunion, she added strong moral and family values have to be taught from day one.
“Our motto today is family lives matter. It all starts in the home. If you can start it within the home it kind of goes outside the home,” she said.
In 2015 at this time Louisville had 49 homicides.
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