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Community on edge amid Lexington gun violence

The Lexington Police Dept. has reported at least five gun-related homicides just in May.
Published: May. 23, 2022 at 11:13 AM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The Lexington Police Dept. has reported at least five gun-related homicides just in May.

People in the community say all this gun violence must stop. However, at this point, they’re wondering what else can be done.

“I grew up in Lexington all my life. I’ve never seen our city hurting and in such a rage like this before,” said Ronnie Woolfolk, pastor and community activist.

The city has had at least 17 homicides so far, the most recent being the shooting deaths of 42-year-old Eric Boone Sr. and 34-year-old Todd Kenion.

People have been posting on social media sending their condolences to the men’s families. People tell us the two were not related but had a lot in common. They say Boone and Kenion were family men who loved spending time with their children.

The latest gun violence has people in the community on edge, some saying they feel the need to have firearms to protect themselves. Others are afraid the violence will only increase as we head into summer.

“Gunshots are random, so we never know when it’s going to happen. We just don’t. A Monday afternoon, everything is not at night,” said one person who did not want to be identified. “They’re shooting in the daytime in the middle of the day. So, we just never know when it’s going to happen.”

Some people are calling on city leaders to do more to stop gun violence.

Many are frustrated that a lot of these gun-related homicides are still unsolved. In the past, Mayor Linda Gorton has praised the city’s One Lexington program and its efforts to encourage young people to “put the guns down.”

Last week, Lexington police chief Lawrence Weathers said officers are focused on solving open cases and preventing crime. He encouraged people not to take matters into their own hands, but to reach out to the police if they have information.

People tell us Boone had seven children and Kenion had daughters. Many are grieving the fact these children will now grow up without their fathers.

Family and friends said their final goodbyes to Boone on Monday. His funeral was held afternoon at the Unity Worship Center. Tuesday, family and friends of Kenion are planning a balloon release in his honor at Douglas Park.

Police say they are still looking for suspects in the shootings. They ask anyone with information to come forward.

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