Dads challenge one another to 'step-up' to stop violence

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by Brittany Gonzalez

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 17, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 17 at 11:24 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- On Father’s Day, community members gathered to remember the victims of the deadly shootings that took place on 32nd and Kentucky one month ago.

The reflection ceremony was also a chance for dads to challenge each other to step-up to help stop the violence.

Christopher Owens, a father of three, said, “I know how important my father was in my life, and I know how important I am in my children’s life, so it’s critical that you have a leadership role out there.”

Owens said he came to Sunday’s event because he was tired of his kids seeing crime scene tape. “We all just keep falling like dominoes for no reason,” said Marc Hampton.

Hampton’s three sons were killed in 2008. He said it’s a pain he deals with and he doesn’t want another parent to ever know.  “It’s hard. It’s still hard when you lose your kids…all your kids…your whole family at once,” said Hampton.

Marc Hampton wants to challenge dads in Louisville to get more involved. “ There’s a lot of single mothers out there who do all they can, but they can’t do it all the time,” said Hampton.

City leaders called for the community to join in on a spirit of service to help clean-up the area. 

Police Chief Steve Conrad said, “This is very different than a month ago today, but what hasn’t changed is we have people who live in these homes all up and down this block. They have kids, young kids who they are trying to raise..who they are trying to have a future for.”

Mayor Fischer’s Violence Prevention Work Group, which is made up of 37 community members, will meet for the first time Monday to tackle the recent acts of violence.
 

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