LOUISVILLE, Ky (WHAS11) -- Misty Tweedy’s son's ashes rest on the bookshelf. The rest of her home is decorated with pictures of Jericho Moore’s smiling face. There’s even a University of Kentucky Christmas Tree up. It was his favorite team, and it’s her way of keeping of boy alive as she enters her first Christmas without him.
“I loved my son. I will love him for the rest of my life,” said Tweedy, Moore’s mother.
Moore was only 18 years old when he was shot and killed six months ago. His body was left for hours near an abandoned car in an alley near Dumesnil Street.
“That day I didn't physically die, but I died that day at that crime scene,” said Tweedy.
Tweedy is one of 62 survivors who contributed to the Louisville Metro Crime Impact Report, released on Monday. Its goal is to provide more help to those left behind after a homicide, and also victims who survived a violent crime.
“We get no help. There's nothing there for us. As soon as we find out our son has been killed or family member has been killed, that's it,” she explained.
Metro Councilwoman Angela Leet gives the Crime Impact report a 'thumbs-up' and says she is anxious to bring it in front of Louisville Metro's Public Safety Committee.
“I'm hopeful that very early in January that we'll bring some of those survivors in so others can begin to hear more of the stories of what we need to do.”
Tweedy told WHAS11 News this early step towards action brings relief.
“We can actually breathe knowing that someone heard our stories. We're crying for help and somebody out there cares enough to listen to us and try and help us. We all need help.”
Metro Police, who are also frustrated, released a statement about the report, which partly said:
LMPD appreciates the effort The Pegasus Institute went through to study and understand the impact homicides and shootings have had on the people most closely impacted by them. The report released Monday is a useful look at the lasting impact of homicide.
While we do have some people dedicated to advocating for and working with victims of crime, we have long wanted to expand that capability but funding has remained a challenge to hiring the numbers of people we would like. This department has been an advocate for legislation that would put additional victims’ rights into statute or the Constitution. And this department supports any private efforts that can provide resources to families and victims to help in their greatest times of need.
Reports like the one released help to further shine a light on the complicated issues surrounding violence in our community. It also underscores the need to work collaboratively to find solutions and tackle these complicated issues.
The help these survivors are looking for ranges from monetary needs to physiological needs. The report suggests a Victim Advocacy Program within LMPD and a fund to help with funerals and other expenses.
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