Community Festival brings out hundreds in response to recent shootings

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The Russell community is coming together after a rash of shootings in the metro. The Greater Israel Missionary Baptist Church held its community festival Saturday as a way to bring families together. It’s all fun, games and food with a deeper meaning behind it.”It’s about us trying to bring unity and love into the community and let them know there is a better way than the way that’s going on right now,” said Rev. Bryan Litton. “It keeps them off the street, it keeps their head up and makes sure they’re doing the right thing and not easing into the violence that’s going on right now,” said Deja Moore, who lives in the area. The Greater Israel Missionary Baptist Church held its second annual free community festival, giving those living in the area, especially the younger kids, a means to get away from the violence.”Sometimes as a church, we’re so busy having church inside until we’re neglecting our responsibility on the outside,” said Rev. Litton. Litton says the goal for all of this is simple. Surrounding those with mentors and role models so they don’t become the metro’s next shooting or homicide victim.”What happens in the city whether it’s the west or the east, it affects everybody,” said Rev. Litton.Louisville Metro Police Department says so far for this year, there’s been more than 45 homicides and 115 shootings. Those numbers hit close to home for Rev. Litton. He says his niece was hit in the leg by a stray bullet from a drive-by shooting.”I got a call Thursday 4:30, and they were on the way to the hospital with her,” said Rev. Litton. It’s sparking those who live in the area to come out and lead by example.”They don’t have good role models in their life like we did when we were growing up. I feel like if we bring that back and a lot of them would stop the violence and start doing other stuff,” said Moore.”Me being the senior, I have to show them the love and affection that some seniors showed me,” said Barbara Trammell.So those younger who are participating can live and hopefully pass that same message to the next generation.

The Russell community is coming together after a rash of shootings in the metro. The Greater Israel Missionary Baptist Church held its community festival Saturday as a way to bring families together.

It’s all fun, games and food with a deeper meaning behind it.

“It’s about us trying to bring unity and love into the community and let them know there is a better way than the way that’s going on right now,” said Rev. Bryan Litton.

“It keeps them off the street, it keeps their head up and makes sure they’re doing the right thing and not easing into the violence that’s going on right now,” said Deja Moore, who lives in the area.

The Greater Israel Missionary Baptist Church held its second annual free community festival, giving those living in the area, especially the younger kids, a means to get away from the violence.

“Sometimes as a church, we’re so busy having church inside until we’re neglecting our responsibility on the outside,” said Rev. Litton.

Litton says the goal for all of this is simple. Surrounding those with mentors and role models so they don’t become the metro’s next shooting or homicide victim.

“What happens in the city whether it’s the west or the east, it affects everybody,” said Rev. Litton.

Louisville Metro Police Department says so far for this year, there’s been more than 45 homicides and 115 shootings. Those numbers hit close to home for Rev. Litton. He says his niece was hit in the leg by a stray bullet from a drive-by shooting.

“I got a call Thursday 4:30, and they were on the way to the hospital with her,” said Rev. Litton.

It’s sparking those who live in the area to come out and lead by example.

“They don’t have good role models in their life like we did when we were growing up. I feel like if we bring that back and a lot of them would stop the violence and start doing other stuff,” said Moore.

“Me being the senior, I have to show them the love and affection that some seniors showed me,” said Barbara Trammell.

So those younger who are participating can live and hopefully pass that same message to the next generation.

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