Moment of silence scheduled for last May's 'day of violence'

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by Amy Stallings and Brooke Katz

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 12:51 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- It's almost been one year since the shootings in West Louisville that raised awareness about gun violence in this community.

It was May 17, 2012 when a woman was gunned down in a crowd of people that gathered at the scene of a quadruple shooting.

All across the city residents and community leaders demanded change. Monday Louisville Metro Council member Attica Scott, District 1, held a remembrance service near the scene where 24-year-old Makeba Lee was gunned down in broad daylight in front of police, media crews and residents.

After the service  activists held a news conference and said they are planning a “Moment of Silence” to remember the victims of the gun violence that erupted last May near 32nd and Greenwood streets.

Six people were shot that day - three of them died. Residents in District 1 and the surrounding areas are invited to mark the year anniversary at noon next Friday. The event will be a day before the Compassion Walk, which is intended to bring attention to those affected by guns and violence. The moment of silence will be lead by Scott.

“I am honored that the organizers of the Compassion Walk have asked me to lead a moment of silence on May 17 and to participate in the Walk on May 18,” Scott said.  “While my heart is heavy just thinking about one year later, I know that our community continues to heal and to rebuild.”

Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad will also join in the moment of silence. Interfaith Paths to Peace will ring a bell 17 times to mark the date, and there will be a wreath laying at the corner of 32nd and Greenwood.

The Compassion Walk starts at 3:30 p.m. on May 18. The walk begins at the corner of 32nd and Broadway and will be led by three local survivors of gun violence.

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