Louisville musician killed in shooting inspires recording studio in hopes of ending gun violence
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – A year ago, a rising star and activist against gun violence was killed in cold blood.
A music studio in downtown Louisville is now helping to keep its name alive, in hopes of slowing gun violence in the city.
Jonah Ware, 19, shot dead in Chickasaw neighborhood August 7 of last year, just 5 days before her birthday.
On Saturday, Jonah’s family took out birthday balloons at his grave before visiting Visceral City Studios, a house of creative content that opened in honor of Jonah.
Owner and CEO of the studio, Gregory Redmond met Jonah a few months before his assassination.
“This studio, I wouldn’t even have it without him,” Redmond said.
Redmond said he wanted to show young people that there is more to life than the streets. The studio consists of photographers, musical artists, engineers and more.
“It’s more in life than what you think you are trapped in and in due time, if you work for better, in due time you can make it happen,” Redmond added.
Jonah’s mother Montoya has said that over the past 365 days her goal has been to keep her son’s name alive.
“Every day is different, it’s never to be determined,” said Montoya. “Some days, no, I don’t know how I’m going to wake up.
Montoya said his son was an advocate for keeping guns on the streets and said he promised him he would not lose his life to gun violence. While still looking for answers and wanting justice, Montoya said she is happy that Jonah’s name is being broadcast in a positive way.
Jonah would have turned 21 on Thursday.
The studio is having a big opening event on August 28 at 1:00 p.m. Redmond said anyone in the community is invited.
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