We join our community in grieving the tragic and senseless murder of JCPS student, Tyree Smith, who was killed waiting at his bus stop on Wednesday. Tyree was an Eastern High School student with a bright future that was taken far too soon. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tyree’s family as they grieve this unimaginable loss.
As we mourn and remember Tyree and all those who have been lost to violence, our focus must remain on ensuring we do not see more of these tragedies in our community. We implore authorities to pursue justice for Tyree, but the unfortunate reality is his murder is part of a concerning trend we have seen grow in the last several years in Greater Louisville.
Violent crimes are rising in prevalence throughout our community. These incidents are infiltrating almost every zip code and every part of Louisville. This year alone we have lost 21 juveniles in homicides, and 82 have been wounded in shootings. Every day there are new stories about shootings, carjackings, and robberies. We must avoid the temptation to become numb to the trauma happening in our community and instead advocate for aggressive action to stop senseless violence.