Families rocked by gun violence reflect one year later

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by Renee Murphy

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 16, 2013 at 8:31 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 16 at 8:34 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – A year after two homicides rocked two local families, it left them searching for answers and information. It also led them on a journey they hope would end with less gunfire.

“It’s time to hit the panic button. I mean we’ve sat around in the community. We’ve watched it on the news but it’s really becoming a real issue in people’s households,” April Drake Rolston, the sister of Jamie Young said.

The families sit on opposite sides of the table but will rise united. Both want their stories to stand out.

“Losing him is one of the worst things I could ever go through. [It] doesn’t seem like it’s going to get any better,” Tauna Herrod, the mother of murder victim Kenneth Forbes Jr. said.

Last December, Jamie Young was watching the news with his sister.

“We couldn’t understand how someone could be so angry on God’s birthday. That is what we couldn’t understand and then on the 29th, those angry people murdered my brother,” Rolston said.

They saw the story on Kenneth Forbes murder in Shively. Not only were the men murdered just days apart but police say the men were murdered by the same pair of suspects.

The two families who’d never met were suddenly in the same position; one of grief and one of activism.

They reached out to one another and decided to do something.

“Don’t let it happen to you before you try to be involved. Quit being the neighbors that shy away from troubles down the street from,” Kenneth Forbes father said.

We are losing our youth by numbers. It’s almost like here today, gone tomorrow,” Rolston added.

For the past year and away from cameras, the families of Young and Forbes have been spreading a message of non-violence.

One year after the murders of their loved ones, they are holding a remembrance ceremony this holiday season at the Gardens of Angels monument on December 26 at Cypress and Wilson Streets at 6:30 p.m.

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