Kentuckians Take Action To Stop Youth Violence

Reported by: Ellen Bryan
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Updated: 9/05/2013 9:10 pm

Kentucky community leaders say youth on youth violence has to stop and they’re taking action.

Professionals who work with young adults met for a seminar Thursday. The goal was to give workers tools to use in their communities on how to combat youth violence.

This comes as a 20-year-old is arrested and charged with the murder of a 23-year-old earlier this week.

Lexington Police said Derek Pelphrey, 23, was sitting in his car on Ridgepoint Run when he was shot in the neck.

Officers said they found him lying on the street next to his car. They said he was taken to the hospital where he died.

Police arrested Trustin Jones, 20, and charged him for murder. They also arrested Robert Guernsey, 32, and charged him with complicity to murder.

At the Youth Violence Conference today, Andres Soto spoke. Soto was involved in a gang at young age.

“I used to do drugs and I used to sell drugs,” Soto said. “I was out there learning by myself and that was the outcome I came with. And I easily could have kept going on that path but I didn't.”

Organizers hope these personal stories will help them limit youth violence.

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