Lexington faith leaders speak out on recent gun violence
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – As gun violence continues to plague Lexington, city leaders are speaking out, as the community demands answers.
“It’s cheeky. It’s bold and it’s shameless,” Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton said.
On Tuesday morning, Mayor Gorton addressed the violence and the steps the city is taking to address it.
“Almost everything this government does directly or indirectly involves preventing and responding to violence,” Gorton said.
The city’s homicide count is just three shy of breaking last year’s record.
“Every instance of abuse here in our community is a tragedy and should be treated as such,” said Reverend Clark Williams. “Not only by these families, but by all of us in Lexington.”
Reverend Williams is part of Lexington’s black faith community. He said the city is not as safe as it used to be and work needs to be done.
“I know that in the faith community, the BUILD organization has lobbied the city to have multiple jurisdictions really look at the Group Violence Intervention program as a way to really reach people at risk of committing these acts of violence. and to set up comprehensive services. and the support around them,” said Reverend Williams.
Reverend Williams said he would like to see old programs reintroduced to focus on young people and also address disparities in the city.
“We need more investment in our parks and recreation and our managers and the things in those places that can create the programming and maintain the programming that will allow our young people to have things to do,” Williams said.
On Wednesday evening, Mayor Gorton and her challenger in the November election, David Kloiber, are scheduled to take part in a candidates’ forum at the Lyric Theater. They will answer questions and it starts at 6:00 p.m.
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