LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — Lexington is on track to break record its homicide record, with 35 deaths so far this year. The city ended 2021 with a total of 37 homicides.

Monday night, Mayor Linda Gorton called on the community to pray for peace.

Members of different churches, city officials, law enforcement officers, and even victims were in attendance.

Ministers from around the city put their denominations to the side to pray one prayer. More than 100 people have been shot in 2022; heartbreaking numbers regardless of where you live in Lexington.

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The pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church on Tates Creek expressed his concern.

“Frankly, our church is in an affluent side of town and we aren’t seeing the violence outside of our doors. But let me say this however if it impacts the community in any way it impacts us as a church. Because we care, we care for this city, we care for the people of this city,” Ron Edmondson said.

Law enforcement officers and city officials joined the prayer.

Victims of gun violence also showed up. Laura Sandusky lost her daughter, Tyler, in 2021.

“It is so senseless and when one life is taken. It involves a whole lot more than just one. Every day I struggle. That was my only baby. That is all I had. A minute of senseless violence took my child away. And I don’t know how I’m going to survive it,” Sandusky said.

Speakers at the vigil also addressed the violence nationally, including recent mass shootings.


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2022 is on track to be a record-breaking year for violence in Lexington. In response, Mayor Linda Gorton is holding a prayer vigil tonight at 6 p.m.

35 people have been killed in Lexington this year, closing in on last year’s record of 37 homicides. Almost all of them are victims of gun violence.

Mayor Gorton says she is angry about the recent spike in violence. Too many criminals have guns and bad intentions. It’s an alarming trend happening across the country. Experts said there is not an easy solution, and it will require new strategies and innovation.

Meanwhile, faith leaders are joining the mayor to pray for healing and peace. The vigil is tonight at 6 p.m. in front of the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse, near the Crime Victims Memorial. City officials also ask you to be there to remember those we’ve lost and pay your respects one more time.

“I just don’t want us forgetting about those who have lost their lives, and the survivors that are continuing to deal with this,” said Devine Carama, ONE Lexington director, during Mayor Gorton’s news conference last week.

Lexington Police reports show the number of shootings and homicides between 13 to 29-year-olds is declining. Local leaders say that’s thanks in part to the city’s ONE Lexington program, which focuses heavily on this age range providing mentorships and mediation to help prevent gun violence.