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Mother of teen killed at west Louisville bus stop gives emotional plea to end senseless violence – WLKY Louisville

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The mother of a 16-year-old high school student killed at a Louisville bus stop gave an impassionate plea for an end to gun violence as she remembered the life her son lived and the minutes it took before he died.Relatives identified the Eastern High School student as Tyree Smith. The shooting took place around 6:30 a.m. at Dr. WJ Hodge and West Chestnut streets in the Russell neighborhood.”And for this to come to my front door, for something that (doesn’t have anything) to do with my child — he’s a loving kid, he’s just innocent — waiting to go to school and get an education. This is senseless,” said Sherita Smith, the teen’s mother.Sherita Smith spoke at a rally Wednesday night at the same spot where the gunfire broke out. Those gathered sent another message for an end to the violence that has been plaguing the community, recently impacting more children.Background: 1 JCPS student killed, 2 injured in drive-by shooting at west Louisville bus stopWednesday morning’s shooting sent shockwaves throughout the community and brought together Jefferson County Public Schools leaders and city officials from Metro Government.Police said someone drove by the students waiting there and opened fire. Several casings were observed at the scene. All of the students involved went to Eastern High School.The 16-year-old boy’s mother said her son left home and within three minutes, she found out he was shot. She said he called her to tell her, “Mama, I got shot.”Sherita Smith said her son stayed out of trouble and worked on the weekends while also focusing on school. She said he would cut his friends’ hair.His mother called the situation shocking because she said she’s taught her children to stay off the streets and focus on their education.”All I ever told my kids — and (I) provide a good life, I bought them a home — I told them (there’s) nothing that you should need in this world that you gotta turn to the streets for,” Sherita Smith said. “So my kids work for everything they need. And I work. I do everything I need to do. I’m not a parent that lets their kids go out carrying guns. I want everybody to know that. I teach my kids the right thing.”Continuing coverage: Top Louisville leaders call on community to help end violence after shooting at bus stopThe 16-year-old’s mother said the shooting is just another episode of senseless violence, violence she said she fights against by telling those in her community to stop the killing and work together for the children.Wednesday night was the first time the community has heard from the 16-year-old’s mother. Sherita Smith said she is grateful for the support of the community.A second student was shot, a 13-year-old boy, and was taken to Kosair with non-life-threatening injuries. A 14-year-old girl was grazed, police said, but was treated at the scene.So far, no arrests have been made.JCPS spokesperson Renee Murphy said they’ll have support at Eastern HS for the students.

The mother of a 16-year-old high school student killed at a Louisville bus stop gave an impassionate plea for an end to gun violence as she remembered the life her son lived and the minutes it took before he died.

Relatives identified the Eastern High School student as Tyree Smith. The shooting took place around 6:30 a.m. at Dr. WJ Hodge and West Chestnut streets in the Russell neighborhood.

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“And for this to come to my front door, for something that (doesn’t have anything) to do with my child — he’s a loving kid, he’s just innocent — waiting to go to school and get an education. This is senseless,” said Sherita Smith, the teen’s mother.

Tyree Smith

Relatives of Tyree Smith

Sherita Smith spoke at a rally Wednesday night at the same spot where the gunfire broke out. Those gathered sent another message for an end to the violence that has been plaguing the community, recently impacting more children.

Background: 1 JCPS student killed, 2 injured in drive-by shooting at west Louisville bus stop

Wednesday morning’s shooting sent shockwaves throughout the community and brought together Jefferson County Public Schools leaders and city officials from Metro Government.

Police said someone drove by the students waiting there and opened fire. Several casings were observed at the scene. All of the students involved went to Eastern High School.

The 16-year-old boy’s mother said her son left home and within three minutes, she found out he was shot. She said he called her to tell her, “Mama, I got shot.”

Sherita Smith said her son stayed out of trouble and worked on the weekends while also focusing on school. She said he would cut his friends’ hair.

His mother called the situation shocking because she said she’s taught her children to stay off the streets and focus on their education.

“All I ever told my kids — and (I) provide a good life, I bought them a home — I told them (there’s) nothing that you should need in this world that you gotta turn to the streets for,” Sherita Smith said. “So my kids work for everything they need. And I work. I do everything I need to do. I’m not a parent that lets their kids go out carrying guns. I want everybody to know that. I teach my kids the right thing.”

Continuing coverage: Top Louisville leaders call on community to help end violence after shooting at bus stop

The 16-year-old’s mother said the shooting is just another episode of senseless violence, violence she said she fights against by telling those in her community to stop the killing and work together for the children.

Wednesday night was the first time the community has heard from the 16-year-old’s mother. Sherita Smith said she is grateful for the support of the community.

A second student was shot, a 13-year-old boy, and was taken to Kosair with non-life-threatening injuries. A 14-year-old girl was grazed, police said, but was treated at the scene.

So far, no arrests have been made.

JCPS spokesperson Renee Murphy said they’ll have support at Eastern HS for the students.

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