LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The year 2020 will be remembered for several things. In Louisville, it's been a record-setting year for gun violence. As of Sunday, the Louisville Metro Police Department's (LMPD) weekly data shows at least 170 criminal homicides so far this year. Of those, 157 were shootings. There were another 584 non-fatal shootings.
What You Need To Know
- Record-setting year for gun violence in Louisville
- LMPD data shows at least 170 criminal homicides
- Family of gun violence victim reflects
- LMPD discusses some changes made
Each time Krista Gwynn learns of another person being murdered in Louisville, it's like a wound is reopened. Her son, Christian, was murdered a year ago on Dec. 19.
"I just feel like, I wish we was a little closer to having answers," Krista explained. There's been no arrest in the drive-by shooting that killed the 19-year-old.
"It feels like Chris all over again when we look at the news and we see another child. It’s horrible," she said.
Since his death, she and her husband Navada have been helping the families of other victims heal emotionally. But there are some things they'd like to see from police in the new year.
"I think these neighborhoods really have to get some police presence. They really need a heavy police presence in these neighborhoods and try to set a little precedence," said Navada.
LMPD told Spectrum News 1 there have been some changes made. Data shows about a 31% rate of homicides being cleared, which could mean arrests made or case closed.
"Chief [Yvette] Gentry has returned the non-fatal shootings to be investigated by the division level detectives versus being assigned to our homicide unit. One thing that does is clear up the time and the workload away from our homicide unit so they can more focus on those fatal shootings and homicides," Public Information Office Commander Sgt. John Bradley said.
Bradley adds it's hard to say quite what’s been the cause of such a spike in violence. Of course, 2020 was marked by a pandemic, protests against police brutality, and calls for racial injustice. Community activists like Anthony Gaines with Colors Newspaper reminds people of this.
"This year was the perfect bowl of chaos to set up this environment for homicides to reach this record," he said. "The distrust in police has gone up even more this year. People don’t trust the police. They don’t want to call the police," he added.
The Gwynns are hoping for a new trend in the new year: a decreasing rate of violence.
"I still have a goal, that I might wake up one day with a knock on my door and saying, Chris's, my son’s [case] was solved," Krista tearfully explained.