Louisville protest shooting victim remembered for kindness

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Louisville protest shooting victim remembered for kindness

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A man gunned down during a Louisville protest over the police killing of Breonna Taylor was remembered at a vigil for amplifying calls for peace and helping victims of racial injustice.

Flowers and candles lined a makeshift memorial at Jefferson Square Park for Tyler Gerth, 27, who was fatally shot Saturday. A suspect described by other demonstrators as a familiar face but a troublemaker around the ongoing protests was charged with murder and wanton endangerment.

Dozens of people joined Gerth’s father, Chuck Gerth, to take a knee Sunday night at a vigil for Tyler Gerth in Louisville, media outlets reported.

“He supported the cause,” Chuck Gerth said. “He was solving injustices with Breonna and some of the injustice throughout the world.

“I’ve very proud of him. He was my hero. People really cared about him. And he cared about them.”

For nearly a month, protesters have been calling for the officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s death to be charged. Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman, was killed in her Louisville home in March by police who were serving a no-knock warrant in a drug investigation. No drugs were found, and one of the officers was recently fired.

AdvertisingSaturday’s shooting was at least the second during the protests. Seven people were wounded May 28 when gunfire erupted near City Hall, prompting Taylor’s mother to issue a statement asking people to demand justice “without hurting each other.”Chuck Gerth said his wife warned their son about going to downtown Louisville on Saturday “because she thought […]

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