Families of Lexington homicide victims want violence to stop


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – 2016 has started off violently in Lexington. There have been five shootings already and two of them have been deadly, according to police.

The father of Lexington’s first homicide victim wants the violence to stop.

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Police say Joseph McDowell, 28, was found on Roosevelt Boulevard with multiple gunshot wounds. He later died at UK Hospital.

“Stop killing one another,” said Wayne Miles, McDowell’s father. “Do what’s right, put the guns down and stop all the violence.”

Lexington Police report five shootings so far in 2016. The two on Elm Street and Lane Allen Road are considered non-life threatening. Another on Millbank Road has left a woman fighting for her life but police think they can talk with her soon.

McDowell was shot on Roosevelt Boulevard and Corenz ‘Corey” White, 28, was found in the parking lot of the University Trails Apartments on Red Mile Road shot.

The coroner says White died before he could make it to the hospital.

“To realize that I’m not going to see him, it’s hard,” said Annette Jentry, White’s counsin.

Donald Roark Jr., 25, was arrested for white’s murder. In court, his attorney entered a not guilty plea.

Now White’s and McDowell’s families want justice.

“They did not deserve to die, they had all their live ahead of them,” said Miles.

No arrest has been made in McDowell’s murder.

Lexington Police don’t think any of the shootings are connected.