Local ministers call emergency meeting after 19-year-old's death

Murder victim ID'd as 19-year-old woman

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – The coroner has identified Louisville’s most recent homicide victim as 19-year-old Mariah Wilson.

Wilson marks the 82nd homicide this year.

Those numbers are shaking the community to its core and now ministers say they need to be on the frontlines of solutions.

According to police, Wilson was gunned down near the Liberty Green Apartments around 6 p.m. Monday night.  Her body was discovered in the parking lot. Neighbors called the scene disturbing.

"It was just something out of a movie, it was literally a movie scene,” Shekinah Armstrong said.

Police were searching the streets of the Phoenix Hill neighborhood into the night, trying to piece together yet another crime scene.

"Anytime life is taken what appears to be unnecessary, it should bother everyone, it should bother your conscience no matter who you are, what end of town you live in or what the situation may be,” LMPD Public Information Officer Dwight Mitchell said.

Within hours of the crime, there was a call to action from local ministers. Reverend Charles Elliott Jr. invited all community leaders to his church for an emergency meeting to discuss the violence and a solution.

"We truly believe that the violence in our city- the murders, the crime, the shootings- is a direct relation to poverty,” James Linton with Community Connections said.

The ministers agree the solution is more employment opportunities for the young people who are most affected by the violence. They discussed providing a job and a home and a reason to be proud through the program Jesus and a Job.

But first, they said it’s about community awareness.

"We're taking the message to the streets. We can no longer sit in building and churches,  were taking the message to the street,” Brothers Helping Brothers’ Jerald Muhammad said.

The ministers said they plan to work with LMPD and community leaders to improve community relations and implement Jesus and a Job throughout more of the city.


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