LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — Eric Boone, 42, was laid to rest Monday. Lexington police said Boone was gunned down on New Circle Road in the middle of rush hour traffic last week. Meantime just this weekend, 34-year-old Todd Kenion was shot and killed too.

The men were known to many as great family men and friends, they are the 16th and 17th homicide victims so far this year in Lexington.

Community activist Ronnie Woolfolk is a friend to both men and said the violence is beginning to take its toll.

“You ask questions like why and I guess that’s a part of processing but at that moment it’s hard to accept that two great guys have been taken and taken due to due to senseless violence,” said Woolfolk.

Woolfolk has shot two years ago himself and survived, he said the solution to stopping the violence has to start from within.

“Life is not that bad to where you want to take somebody else’s life and then give your life to a jail cell,” said Woolfolk.

Woolfolk is hopeful his message reaches just one person and stops them from taking the wrong path.

“Don’t let a casket be your bed or your last bed. Because I promise you, you get more rest in your bed sleeping with a peace of mind than you would in a grave not having a mind at all,” said Woolfolk.

The search for the shooters continues in both cases. Funeral arrangements have not yet been set for Kenion.

If you know anything about the shootings contact Lexington police at (859) 258-3600. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Bluegrass Crime Stoppers by calling (859) 253-2020, online at bluegrasscrimestoppers.com, or through the P3 tips app available at p3tips.com.