Community activists call for change after waking up to two more reports of homicides in Lexington

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 9:57 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Lexington woke up to two more violent headlines Wednesday morning, the city now outpacing 2020′s deadly record of homicide investigations.

The feeling of a vicious cycle has community activists calling for change.

“It’s becoming common and regular, but it’s still not acceptable,” Corey Dunn said.

“It’s saddening to keep hearing about deaths and gun violence around Lexington because that’s not the Lexington I grew up knowing,” Ricardo Franklin said.

According to Lexington Police Department’s crime data, 13 of this year’s 18 homicide victims were in their 20′s or younger, including one of the latest victims, a 28-year-old.

“I think I’ve lost four children this year and it’s only June,” Dunn said.

For Dunn, the key is reaching kids early before they can get caught up in violence and putting more money and resources into mentorships and community center programs.

“We have a lot of children out here that have nowhere to go, our community centers are opening or reopening but that doesn’t mean they’re necessarily able to meet the needs of the community,” Dunn said. “Part of the problem is budget issues.”

For Franklin, he’s stepping into his late mom Anita Franklin’s role, working with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office in building relationships between deputies and the community.

“Just you know providing and being a reliable source that you can come to us and we’re going to be here for you, no matter what it may be, whether it’s a violent act, food insecurities, or just we see you out on the street and you need some help,” Franklin said.

Something they both agree on, it’s going to take more than just the two of them to break the cycle.

So, their main message is for everyone to get involved in being part of the solution, whether that’s donating money or time to those local community centers, or simply help in spreading awareness.

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