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"Walk a Mile" honors those lost to gun violence

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Posted at 7:20 AM, Sep 25, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — There have been 28 gun-related homicide investigations in Lexington so far this year, according to Lexington Police.

On Saturday, a group called "We Are Survivors" organized a time to honor those lost to gun violence in front of the historic Fayette County Courthouse.

The "Walk a Mile in Our Shoes" event included shoes and portraits of gun violence victims on the steps of the courthouse.

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Activist Ricardo Franklin, who lost his brother, Antonio, to gun violence in 2014 says the shoes represent a powerful meaning.

"The shoes that once donned loved ones. Those shoes are no longer filled and that's how you know. It signifies that they're no longer here. And if you think about how many shoes you have at home, then when you're gone, you're gone. Who used to wear those shoes? Those shoes are a precious memory for many of these mothers. They've lost a loved one and now they're looking back and that's a little pieces of memories that they have of them of their shoes," said Ricardo Franklin.