LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Shootings in Lexington the last two weeks have claimed the lives of four teenage boys. Now, community activist Devine Carama is speaking out. He says their deaths show the work that's still needed to be done to stop gun violence.
After 17-year-old Kenneth Bottoms was shot and killed on Sunday at the Fayette Mall, Carama says he saw a lot of hate towards the younger generation on social media.
"There are systemic things that are leading to what we are seeing. These kids don't need us as enemies, they actually need our help and our guidance. I was just trying to find ways that they can support young people," Carama said.
And actions speak louder than words. One of the most important things the community can do is provide resources. Devine says the needs he hears from the kids he works with is that they want to make money.
"College may not be an option for everybody. But teach some of these young teenagers trades where they can go to trade school, where they can learn a trade and come out making $60-70,000 a year," Camara noted.
The community activist urges tp continue to be present and build relationships with kids who need it.
"So when we do drop jewels and we are trying to speak life to them, it resonates with them and can actually make a difference, because that relationship is established whether that be through mentor programs, community centers and direct action towards things that young people need to succeed," Camara said.