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14-year-old JCPS student describes prior shooting near bus stop where her brother died in drive-by

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Students warned JCPS about gunshots near the bus stop at the corner of Chestnut and Dr. W.J. Hodge streets weeks before 16-year-old Tyree Smith died there Wednesday in a drive-by. Salena Smith-Garrett, Tyree Smith's young sister said the morning of the drive-by marked the third shooting in the area near the bus stop in the six weeks since Jefferson County Public Schools started a new school year.
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Beatrice U. “Bea” Starke

Beatrice U. “Bea” Starke, 98, of St. Joseph, passed away Thursday, September 23, 2021. A graveside service will be held on Friday, October 22, 2021, at 2PM, at Riverview Cemetery, 2925 Niles Rd., with Pastor Jeffrey Hubers officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Good Shepard Manor, PO Box 260, Momence, IL, 60954 or First Congregational Church, 2001 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services.

Reward offered in killing of Louisville teen at school bus stop, vehicle connected to shooting found

Louisville officials announced a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who shot and killed a teenager at a school bus stop earlier this week. Tyree Smith, 16, was fatally shot Wednesday morning at about 6:30 in the drive-by shooting as he and several other students waited for the bus at Dr. W.J. Hodge Street and West Chestnut Street in the Russell neighborhood.
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Mother of slain JCPS teen complained about school bus stop before her son’s shooting death

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - The mother of 16-year-old Tyree Smith who was gunned down while waiting for his bus stop is haunted by her son’s last words. “I’m hurt,” Sherita Smith said. “I don’t know what my next move is. … He said ‘Momma.’ Like, a disturbing ‘Momma.’ So, I said, ‘What?’ He said, ‘I’m shot,’ and he said, ‘Get over here now,’ and I said, ‘OK, here I come,’ and he said, ‘I’m dying.’”

'Every time I turn the news on...another one of our children [is] dead: Civil Rights icon Mattie Jones pushes for action

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Enough talk, more action. That's the message from one of Louisville's most iconic civil rights leaders, Mattie Jones. Jones stood alongside community activists Friday in Jefferson Square Park, reacting to the death of Tyree Smith, an Eastern High School junior killed after a drive-by shooting at his bus stop Wednesday morning.

Jeep linked to deadly Louisville bus stop shooting found burned

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The grey Jeep that was seen near the scene of Wednesday's deadly bus stop shooting was found burned in a St. Matthews apartment complex early Thursday. St. Matthews Police Chief Barry Wilkerson said the jeep, which had been stolen, was discovered at Jamestown Apartments around 1:30 a.m.
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Mercy the comfort dog helps students grieve during trauma

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - Through the record-breaking violence that’s plaguing the the city of Louisville, and a particularly violent week, a local church has provided support in a unique way, especially at area schools. Mercy the comfort dog lent a helping paw this week for grieving students. She’s eight years...

Before Fatal Bus Stop Shooting, A Complaint About Missing Streetlights

This story was produced by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit newsroom by Louisville Public Media. For more, visit The sky was still dark when the teenagers got to the school bus stop where one student was fatally shot and two were injured just after 6 a.m. Wednesday morning.

JCPS board member wants to resume talks on hiring school security officers

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A member of the Jefferson County Board of Education hopes to soon continue discussions of creating a school security force for Kentucky’s largest school district. Board member Linda Duncan, who represents District 5 and has frequently backed plans for school security officers in Jefferson County Public...