Group works to install hope, happiness in violence stricken community


by WHAS11

Posted on June 16, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 17 at 6:32 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- In the wake of recent violence in west Louisville a group of people are coming together to show they aren't afraid of the environment.

In fact they're working together to create a positive feeling in the community.

The violence is something 19-year-old Tyrone Quisenberry has gotten used to at Beecher Terrace in Louisville.

“There’s something wrong to seeing somebody get killed,” Quisenberry said. “I’ve seen four dead bodies, one up here. That’s not a good sight.”

Tyrone is the god son of Great Day Live's Angie Fenton. Every time she hears about a shooting in west Louisville she fears the worst.

“Every time I hear another young black male I just pray please let it not be mine,” Fenton said.

That's why Fenton and a coalition of people who live in west Louisville and outside of the crime stricken areas are coming together at Beecher Terrace; instilling hope and happiness in a struggling community.

They're coming back to own the streets and let violent criminals know there is a stronger presence of positivity.

It's a fight Metro Chief of Police Steve Conrad knows he can't fight alone.

 “I think it’s really important that the people that live here know that they’re not in this by themselves, that we are all in it together,” Conrad said.

The police chief says he has asked for 128 new patrol officers to be hired over the next fiscal year.
If his request is granted, that will be the most new metro officers hired in a single year.