Police in Louisville continue to release new updates regarding the tragic shooting of Tyler Gerth at a recent protest in Kentucky. The Associated Press reports via the Connecticut Post:
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.
Saturday’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.”
The police are also sharing details of the suspect. From the Courier Journal:
Steven Nelson Lopez, 23, is facing charges of murder and first-degree wanton endangerment, Louisville Metro Police officials said Sunday after releasing his arrest citation…
Lopez has been a frequent sight at the protests, which have rocked the streets of Louisville for a month.
Several Courier Journal reporters have seen him among the crowd in recent days, and a speaker at a Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression press conference Sunday morning said he’d been among the crowd for the past 12 days at least.
We’ll continue to update the story as we get new information.