Juice Bowl tradition continues year after deadly shootings

A call for calm not just on this Thanksgiving holiday but year round, from a grandmother who lost her grandson a year ago at the shootings at Shawnee Park.

LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) -- The annual Juice Bowl is supposed to be a time of togetherness, held every Thanksgiving.

But, last 2016's deadly shootings highlight what one victim's grandmother considers a growing problem within the city.

"It's sad. That so many people are going away through these guns and other violences," said Joan Carter.

LMPD says Carter's grandson Michael was shot and killed last Thanksgiving in a shootout with at least one other man.  No arrests have been made in connection to his death.  For Carter, it's been a frustrating year.

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"They haven't called us, said anything, you know?" she told WHAS11.

A year later, organizers are happy to see kids return to the field, playing the game many of them took part in years earlier.  The Juice Bowl is a six-decade old tradition and it's something Waddell Elliott is working to keep relevant.

"It has to happen for the community.  For us to mend and grow and it has to happen for all those little kids out here," he said.

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There was a celebration at mid-field to remember the seven-people shot last year, including Carter.  It was a symbol of the lives affected by violence and a message of perseverance by those who are now living with the deadly consequences.

"I'm hoping and praying that nothing like that will never happen again," Carter said.
 

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