LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Following last weekend's mob attack at the waterfront, a group of local entertainers began reaching out to local teens in hopes of restoring peace to the Compassionate city.
According to Shemonte "Young Commercial" Mayfield, when he announced via Facebook he would be meeting with the family of a 14-year-old TARC stabbing victim near the waterfront Saturday, it did not surprise him that dozens of teens showed up nearby.
"I posted that I was going down there, going down there to meet his mother," said Young Commercial. "Anything I do promote or post, they'll probably come wherever I go."
Young Commercial said by the time he left from the waterfront around 6:30 p.m., prior to the mob attacks, nearly 40 teenagers had congregated in the area. While the music and teen party promoter said he did not feel directly responsible for the behavior of those involved, he did feel a responsibility to encourage his youth following to make a positive change.
"What we're going to do from here on out, give them entertainment but we're going to educate them at the same time," said Young Commercial.
Louisville's DJ Lil Carl and DJ Phat Matt are joined forces with Young Commercial. The trio opted to serve as liaisons between Louisville teens and law enforcement.
"They met with Chief Conrad on Sunday," said community activist Christopher 2X. "They met with city officials on Monday and then they've still been talking back with the teens throughout this week."
The takeaway thus far: Louisville teens need more guidance and more outlets.
"Probably half of those kids were down there just to be down there hanging out," said DJ Phat Matt.
"Waterfront's the only place left that lets them just hang out," said Young Commercial.
"Instead of going out there and assaulting people," began DJ Lil Carl, "inbox me on Facebook, Twitter, lets got to studio and make a song. You know, let's do something positive instead of going out and doing something negative."
The group of influential young men said they planned to share information they have learned firsthand from their teen followers with city and law enforcement leaders in hopes of leading the youth toward a better future.
"It takes a community to raise a child," began Young Commercial, "not just one parent, not two, a community."
"They're willing to take information that the city wants to get out there that they know they can get to them through their street teams and everybody they're connected to to try to give them at least an option if you want to be part of some kind community center, if you want to be part of some kind of growth connected entity. That's what they're going to do different this time," said Christopher 2X.
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