Mothers of shooting victims push for end to violence


by Adam Walser

Posted on March 26, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 27 at 5:38 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- There were tears and pleas Tuesday from the relatives of three men killed in a weekend shootout in South Louisville.

Family members of those killed gathered, amid rumors of more violence, to beg the community to stop senseless killings.

The shootout involved three young men who family members say had all been friends at one time.

Nearly 20 of the shooting victims' relatives gathered Tuesday to urge young people not to pursue the same paths their loved ones did.

“We have all been like one big family, all of us,” Zorina Wallace, Rayshawn Stovall’s mother said.

Through tears and heartache they begged the community for peace.

“We have to stick together. We have to stop it. This is a hurt I can't even explain,” Dian Tandy, Kavin Tandy’s grandmother said.

“We're losing a lot of people, mostly young people. We can't do this anymore,” Sharron Fields, Mark Field’s mother said.

Kavin Tandy, 31, Mark Fields, 23 and Rayshawn Stovall, 23, all died in a shootout in the parking lot of a South Louisville apartment complex Sunday.

Police believe drugs were involved.

Family members agreed to speak out after rumors of more violence began circulating on the street and through social media.

“Nobody needs to be doing nothing, because it ain't gonna bring nobody back. It's not gonna solve nothing,” Wallace said.

“If you love your family, don't put them through this, please,” Tandy said.

“I always said to my teenagers, most of all to my son, I don't want to bury you. I want you to bury me. But it didn't go that way,” Fields said.
Family members say that the joint appearance was just the start of their efforts to make sure other families do not have to suffer the same losses they do.

A fund has been set up to help pay for funeral costs for one of the victims. You can donate to the Mark Fields Memorial Fund at any area PNC Bank locations.