LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – A room full of people--different ages and different messages. But in that crowd sat a grieving family.
“He was only 14. But not only that, he was my baby boy,” Lanesha Hurt, a homicide victim’s mother said.
Troyvonte Hurt, 14, was shot and killed in Smoketown nearly a month ago. In his memory, community members gathered for a real conversation about the problems facing our neighborhoods.
“With a show of hands...if you enjoy going to school every day, raise your hand.”
No topic was off limits, from education to guns. But what started as adults spearheading the conversation, quickly led to the teens jumping in with their opinions.
“You don't have to retaliate if God will take care of it for you. And I just think it's stupid to do all this violence stuff because you can end up dead and in the grave,” one teen said.
But for the Hurt family, this conversation was much more than just discussing problems and solutions, it was the beginning of a movement they call Troyvonte's Troopers.
“At the end of the day, I really don't want to be here. But I got him on the other hand on my shoulder telling me no. He's saying 'Mama, I need you here. You have to make sure there's Troyvonte's Troopers and this legacy goes on a carries on,’” Hurt says.
Hurt says the kids that sat in this audience and participated in the discussion are the future of a movement that will leave fewer mothers grieving like she is and it's something she knows her son would be proud of.
“His legacy is going to live – through us,” she said.