West End shooting victim's grandfather speaks out


by Brittany Gonzalez


Posted on May 20, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Updated Sunday, May 20 at 11:52 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Another round of gunfire in West Louisville has neighbors scared and ready for action.  Concerned resident of West Louisville, Michael Silver said it’s a survival of the fittest mentality that’s prompted these recent acts of violence.

“If you see somebody get killed you want to help, but your first thought is somebody going to come and kill my family?” said Silver.

The rash of violence spurred a community forum Sunday afternoon in hopes of minimizing the fear so many residents like Erica Cato are feeling. “If you're a grown woman and you can't walk outside your door and not worry about being shot and fear of retaliation because someone wants to be an idiot. It’s ridiculous,” said Cato.

Ed White, the grandfather of 24-year-old Makeba Lee, the woman who was gunned down in front of LMPD officers on Thursday, said his greatest fear is in a few weeks from now nothing will be different in his community.

“You must be there before all of this happens. After it happens we're all going to come together. We're all going t o talk. We're all going to make a lot of promises we aren’t going to keep,” said White.

White is not alone, several residents told WHAS11 there is a lack of trust with city leaders.

“There’s a disconnect where we feel we’re all we have so we cling together,” said Samajesty Starr.  White also said he blames his granddaughter’s death on the entire community, “until we're willing to destroy the culture that let's this kind of stuff happen all our hands are dirty not just that young lady's hands.”

White said it’s not about politics, but rather it's about people, and he doesn’t want one more family to suffer. 

Funeral services for Makeba Lee are scheduled for Monday at Portland Memorial Missionary Baptist Church.  Visitation will be at 11 a.m. followed by the funeral at 1 p.m.