Murder victim remembered as the number of Louisville homicides climbs


by Adrianna Hopkins

Posted on November 23, 2009 at 11:45 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 24 at 12:49 AM

Monday night, a crowd gathered to mourn 43-year-old Sabrina Bragg. She was gunned down Saturday morning. Her case is another unsolved murder in Louisville.

A friend of Sabrina Bragg's family sang an uplifting song during a vigil for Sabrina Bragg.

At least 75 people gathered at W 16th and Madison streets, lighting candles and setting up a memorial to lift up the family of 43 year old Sabrina Bragg, affectionately known as "Pinky." She was shot and killed around 4:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

"We got lots of support and I appreciate everyone showing up, means a lot to me and my family," said James Bragg, Sabrina's older brother.

Police haven't made an arrest in her murder, and the family is calling on the community to hand over her killer.

"It's not right for a woman to get killed like that, it's not right," said Mona Kent, who knew Sabrina's mother.

"It's a lot of violence around now, there's too much violence, we should all live our lives," said Bill Mask, a friend of Sabrina.

Sabrina's death is part of a larger problem in Metro Lousiville. Her homicide is number 65 this year. Which means about six people a month are murdered.

"It's outrageous. It seems like every weekend there's someone getting killed someone getting shot," said Mask .

He has a point. During an 8 day stretch in October, there were four homicides. During a week this month -- three homicides. Some of them, still open cases.

Bill Mask remembers a time when people didn't have to live in fear.

"My wife doesn't want me to go to the store after dark. I'm 60-years-old. Why can't I go to the store without fear of somebody taking my $2, $3 or something like that?" he said.

24 of the 65 homicides this year are open cases, killers still on the loose, like Sabrina's.

"I know about street vengeance, I know about street justice. I don't want to advocate that," said Chris 2X.

Which is why the plea at this vigil, is for someone to confess.

"We need people to speak up and show that the citizens of these communities ain't going to stand for it. if we hear something we're going to speak out and get justice done," said James Bragg.

If you have any information about Sabrina Bragg's murder or any other open case, you can call the anonymous police tipline at 574-LMPD.