Friends, family gather on Lexington murder victim's birthday

James Blair's son wears a t-shirt of his father at an event held in honor of his father, who was murdered last year.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Friday family gathered to remember a Lexington man killed in a shooting last year. Police say 27-year-old James Blair died after getting shot back in October. Officers think he was shot in Chase parking garage on East Main Street.

"If I had the chance to talk to him I would just tell him how much I love him, you know?," Doreene Blair, James' mother, said. "Every day I can't do nothing but think about him 24/7."

Friday was especially tough on the close-knit family.

"28th birthday, we're missing James. He was our heart," Lisa Guy, James' aunt, said.

Family and friends gathered at Martin Luther King Park to celebrate the 27 years they had with James.

His cousin, Karlisha Ballard, said, "It's supposed to be a peaceful thing, you know? It's a celebration but it's also like 'stop the violence'.

It's ridiculous. It's just like, people got kids, people got mothers, sisters, brothers. They mourning and ain't nobody even thinking about the family. They too busy thinking about themselves."

Blair says as a family they want to do something to get people to put the guns down.

"It's sad. It's sad, but somehow or another if we could make a difference by talking to them or mentoring just to let them know that crime, it doesn't pay this way," Blair said. She's still working out the details, but going forward James is her motivation.

"Just hope and pray something comes out of it, we hope. That's what we're hoping for, you know?"

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