LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Shattered glass and chipped brick; marks of the deadly shooting that killed 16-month-old Ne'Riah Miller in the Shawnee neighborhood Wednesday.
Ne'Riah's grandmother Shemille Miller says the baby was on the porch of her home with her mother Cierra Twyman when 4 men walked up 37th Street near W Market and started firing into homes and apartments. "One walked up on my porch and was shooting," she explained. Ne'Riah was killed. Twyman is recovering at the hospital. She is expected to survive. Miller says she's taking a few steps. "She's up, she's talking, she's doing good. But, she's not really saying a lot. She's more so doing a lot of crying."
Nation of Islam Minister Jerald Muhammad wants the violence to stop and said in an announcement Friday morning that he has a plan to make progress. He'll roll that plan out at a meeting at 7 o'clock Friday night. He's asking for volunteers to sign up for different committees focused on spirituality, education, and civil rights. The meeting will be only for those interested in taking action. "It's not going to be a gripe session," he explained, "It's not going to be a complaint session. We want people who are ready to roll up their sleeves and go to work."
Back on 37th Street, a stuffed giraffe and other toys and flowers sit next to the bullet holes. The memorial started on Thursday and has been growing ever since. For the family, it's a sign of solidarity from the community and a reminder of their little angel.
"It's not going to be a gripe session, it's not going to be a complaint session. We want people who are ready to roll up their sleeves and go to work."
The meeting organized by Muhammad will be at 7 o'clock at the King Solomon Baptist church on Anderson Street.