Shooting victim's mom hopes son's death is wake up call


by WHAS11 editors

Posted on May 23, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Updated Thursday, May 23 at 9:29 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- We are getting more information about a high profile Louisville murder that may be linked to gang activity.

Prosecutors are calling for a gang expert to testify at the upcoming trial and the victim’s mother says her son was caught in the crossfire of a gang shooting.

The shooting happened at a kickball game at Shawnee Park in west Louisville in 2011.  Twenty-year-old Antonio Anderson was killed.  His mother says what happened to her son should serve as a wake up call about gang violence.

At Bobbleheads Hair Salon Marian Dean works to make women feel their best and empower the community.

“We want our streets back. Put the guns down. It’s simple, put the guns down, put the guns down,” Dean said.

She named the salon after her son's nickname. News that her son's murder may have been connected to gang violence weigh's heavy on Dean.

“It's sad that our community is wrecked with this type of violence going around carrying guns like they are security blankets,” Dean said.

Dean says her son Antonio Anderson was not involved in gangs.

“He was caught in the middle of a gang battle. I was told that it was CNG which was Cecil and Greenwood or Bad News or Victory Park Crips or whatever they claim to be,” Dean said.

Quinton Wilson, William Smith and Tyron Mack are charged in Anderson's shooting.
This week prosecutors said they wanted to bring in a gang expert to testify.

“That can explain the presence of gangs in Louisville. What it means to be affiliated or associated with a gang, whether it is common for there to be retribution violence when gangs are involved,” Erin White, an assistant Commonwealth’s attorney, said.

In court prosecutors said there were two instances of violence following the shooting at the kickball game that killed Anderson.

The violence may have been gang retaliation.

“It's a shame that my son lost his life to something senseless due to gang affiliation. A gang could wreck our whole community just like a tornado,” Dean said.