Kentuckiana communities unite for annual Night Out Against Crime

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by Claudia Coffey

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 6, 2013 at 11:24 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 7 at 8:33 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Cities, police and neighborhoods united on August 6 to say no to crime.

The annual Night Out Against Crime happens here in Louisville and cities across the nation every year on this one night.

This night was especially important given a string of murders in the last week that have rocked several communities across Kentuckiana.

This was a party that residents enjoyed in eight communities across Louisville. Face paintings, prizes and games were present and they are what residents and police would rather see on any night.

"It's a good feeling. It's a good feeling. I can only hope that it will help," said Lakesha Evans  a Portland resident.

Unfortunately, neighbors have seen more crime tape than ever. In the last week in Louisville there were six murders in four days.

"And one murder is one too many in this community," said LMPD Polic Chief Steve Conrad. "We are trying to do what we can to try and make this community safer and weekends like that are tough," he said.

At events marking National Night Out across the city, officers don't want residents to lose hope.

Major Kim Krasig explained why the event is essential. "To interact with children in a positive light and to see police laughing with the kids, doing fun activities and just building that trust for little kids up to adults," said Krasig.

The final week in July was especially violent, six murders in four days. Two people were found dead in PRP. A witness in a murder case was found dead on Clay Street and a high school senior with a promising future was gunned downed in Walgreens parking lot. Those are just some of the incidents.

"I don't think it will ever stop," Lakesha Evans said. "Because there is always retaliation. So I don’t know."

This is essentially a going away party for crime. The event is a crime prevention effort designed to heighten awareness, strengthen the bond between police and residents. Event residents hope it will have a lasting impression 

"There's still the violence. Everything going on. That's why we try to keep our kids out of it," Stephanie Boyington, a Portland resident said.

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