Henderson community honors woman killed in Louisville mass shooting

Prayer vigil was held for Henderson native Juliana Farmer on Sunday
Henderson community honors woman killed in Louisville mass shooting
Published: Apr. 17, 2023 at 5:22 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 23, 2023 at 11:07 PM CDT
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HENDERSON, Ky. (WFIE) - A community grieved together at Central Park on Sunday evening, nearly two weeks after Henderson native Juliana Farmer and four other people were killed in a mass shooting at Old National Bank in Louisville.

On Sunday, balloons rose to the skies during a prayer vigil, remembering those lives who were lost.

“Today was a beautiful day,” said Tabrielle Lewis, a relative of Farmer. “I think it signified her presence and who she was.”

Her funeral on Saturday drew hundreds of people as they said goodbye to Farmer. One day later, the community came together again, still recovering from the tragedy.

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“Juliana was a beautiful soul and it just hurts our hearts that she’s no longer with us,” Lewis said.

“This was our way of honoring Ms. Juliana Farmer,” said Rev. Charles Johnson, who led Sunday’s vigil. “What she meant to this community, her family, her friends and the Tri-State coal workers.”

Those who knew her well took turns speaking about the kind of friend, daughter, sister, mother and grandmother that she was.

“If Juliana was alive to see it, she would be overwhelmed with emotion,” Lewis said. “Because everything that was spoken was true.”

The vigil concluded with the release of white, yellow and blue balloons. The colors of Old National Bank, where Farmer lost her life at just 45 years old.

“All of these tragedies are taking place and we pray and hope as a community we don’t have to do this again,” Rev. Johnson said.

Farmer’s relatives say she never met a stranger, and the Henderson community returned her kindness on Sunday, by remembering her life.