Posted on June 3, 2014 at 11:27 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – After young members of a Lexington congregation witnessed a murder-suicide on Saturday, members of Louisville’s Praise Covenant Church saw how important their anti-violence campaign is.
“It becomes commonplace, except when it happens to somebody that’s close to them,” Pastor William Harris said. “That night it became very reality, very effective and I’ve seen through the counseling of these people that it very much affected their mentalities.”
18-year-old Gabrielle DePriest said hearing about the scene from her friends really hit home.
"Now that I see it, it's more important to me than anything because it could've been me that was sitting in a van or out where the shooting was going on,” she said.
Members of Praise Covenant decided to revisit the site.
"I really hope that we really find a solution and can really educate our kids to what violence is all about," Pastor Harris said.
Pastor Harris said his congregation is going to continue to emphasize this message of violence in their community and hope to see the rest of Louisville adopt it as well.