Lexington Police plan peace walks to confront violence

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The Lexington Division of Police "WE CARE" Movement is joining forces with the community to participate in these walks. It's all in an effort to stop the violence that's been happening in the city recently.

The announcement on Thursday was held at Duncan Park. It's the same place where 21-year-old Antonio Franklin Junior was shot and killed earlier this year. Police believe a group of people gathered at the park, but did not intend to shoot Franklin. His mother, Anita Franklin, was one of the speakers Thursday morning.

"We have got to find a solution to this disease. I'm going to label violence as a disease, that's what it is. It has overtaken our community and our children are afraid. They're caught in the middle between loyalty to friends and knowing what's right and what's wrong," said Anita Franklin.

The first of these peace walks is going to be this Saturday, July 12th and will continue every Saturday through August 2nd. The walks will start at Duncan Park and go along Sixth, Ohio, Chestnut and Pemberton Streets.

If you can't make it out to these walks, you can still show you support by sitting on your porch, with the porch light on, during the WE CARE walks. Each of them will go from 6 to 8, over the next four Saturday evenings

Lexington Police say if you see anything suspicious or out of the ordinary going on in your neighborhood, to give them a call immediately.

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