Community members feel ‘relieved’ after arrests in deadly shooting of JCPS student

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Now that Tyree Smith’s alleged killers have been arrested, community leaders have returned to the very bus stop where he died, optimistic someone is being held responsible. of a tragedy, ”said Kimberly Moore of Joshua Community Connectors. Moore’s nonprofit is just steps away from where the tragedy struck on September 22. Months later, she stands in the same area, hoping that her mother can now recover. I want her mind to be fine, ”she said. “I would never say that I know how you feel because I have never lost a child.” Continuous coverage: LMPD says 2 suspects in the fatal bus stop shooting are also JCPS students. The impact of Smith’s death was felt throughout the Russell neighborhood and town. That same sentiment resonated Thursday as those linked to the murder of the Eastern High School student are no longer on the streets. It’s a sigh of relief for Aerial Robbins, 17, who shares a lot in common with Smith as a JCPS student and resident of Russell. “I think what matters is that young people live to see another day,” Robbins said. Protect students: West Louisville effort wants community to help protect bus stops after fatal teenager shooting. begins with stages like these arrests. But gun violence advocates like Kenneth Forbes say it’s painful when a family loses a child as a victim or suspect. “It gives you relief, but the pain never goes away,” Forbes said. “You feel bad for all parties involved. Nobody wins and you have two people whose lives, before it even began, came to an end.” Moore says she prays for Tyree and D’s mother. other families in mourning this holiday season. “It’s a lot of people in this town that have lost children and around Christmas it’s going to be very difficult for it to be the first vacation with an empty chair,” Moore said.

Now that Tyree Smith’s alleged killers have been arrested, community leaders have returned to the very bus stop where he died, optimistic someone is being held responsible.

“We’re not celebrating the arrest or the murder, we feel good that something good has come out of a tragedy,” said Kimberly Moore, of Joshua Community Connectors.

Moore’s nonprofit is just steps away from where the tragedy struck on September 22. Months later, she stands in the same area, hoping that her mother can now recover.

“My heart goes out to her. I want her mind to be fine,” she said. “I would never say that I know how you feel because I have never lost a child.”

Continuous coverage: LMPD Says 2 Suspects In Fatal Bus Stop Shooting Are Also JCPS Students

The impact of Smith’s death was felt throughout the Russell neighborhood and town. That same sentiment resonated on Thursday as those linked to the Eastern High School student’s murder are now off the streets.

It’s a sigh of relief for 17-year-old Aerielle Robbins, who shares a lot in common with Smith as a JCPS student and resident of Russell.

“I think what matters is that young people live to see another day,” Robbins said.

Protect students: West Louisville effort wants community to help protect bus stops after fatal teenager shooting

Community supporters say the collective effort to ensure that young people are not victims of violence begins with measures like these arrests. But gun violence advocates like Kenneth Forbes say it’s painful when a family loses a child as a victim or suspect.

“It gives you a feeling of relief, but the pain never goes away,” Forbes said. “You feel bad for all parties involved. Nobody wins and you have two people whose lives, before they even started, came to an end.”

Moore says she is praying for Tyree’s mother and other grieving families this holiday season.

“It’s a lot of people in this town who have lost children and around Christmas time it’s going to be very difficult for it to be the first vacation with an empty chair,” Moore said.


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