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Councilwoman Scott announces “Moment of Silence” to mark anniversary of May 17th

Monday May 6, 2013

For Immediate Release:
Democratic Caucus
Louiville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/ 526-3622

Louisville –Residents in District 1 and the surrounding area have been invited to mark the one year anniversary of a very violent day in Metro Louisville with a “Moment of Silence” on Friday, May 17th at 12:00pm on the street where gun shots rang out one year ago in broad day light.

The event is a prelude to a special Compassion Walk designed to bring attention to those who have been affected by guns and violence and who are ready to bring about change.

“I am honored that the organizers of the Compassion Walk have asked me to lead a moment of silence on May 17th and to participate in the Walk on May 18th,” said Councilwoman Attica Scott (D-1). “While my heart is heavy just thinking about one year later, I know that our community continues to heal and to rebuild.”

Scott, along with community activist Christopher 2X, announced on Monday the “Moment of Silence” as a way for the community to reflect and to move forward following the events of May 17, 2012.

That day turned out to be a violent one where six people were shot and three were killed all in the area of 32nd Street between Greenwood Avenue and Kentucky Streets. It received national media attention.

“Since then, we have walked with officers out on the streets knocking on doors and many groups have begun to refocus attention on how we can put an end to this senseless violence,” says Scott.

Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad will join in the Moment of Silence. Interfaith Paths to Peace will ring a bell 17 times to mark the date and there will be laying of a commemorative wreath on the corner of 32nd and Greenwood.

The next day, on May 18th, the Compassion Walk begins at 3:30pm at the corner of 32nd and Broadway and it will be led by three people, Erica, Niki and Sharonda, who themselves are survivors of gun violence in Metro Louisville.

“These two events will continue to bring people together in an effort to stop violence and to understand that we must find a different way to resolve problems,” said Scott.

For more information about the “Moment of Silence” service and the Compassion Walk, contact Councilwoman Scott’s office at 574-1101.

Attica Scott (D) 1