Man charged with fatally shooting Louisville photographer who supported Black Lives Matter at protest

A photographer in Louisville, Kentucky, who was sympathetic to the Black Lives Matter movement, was fatally shot by a suspect with ties to the movement’s protests.

Tyler Gerth, 27, is being remembered as an outspoken supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement following his death on Saturday while he was inside a protest camp.

“Tyler was incredibly kind, tender-hearted and generous, holding deep convictions and faith,” his family wrote, according to the Courier-Journal this week. “It was this sense of justice that drove Tyler to be part of the peaceful demonstrations advocating for the destruction of the systemic racism within our society’s systems. This, combined with his passion of photography led to a strong need within him to be there, documenting the movement, capturing and communicating the messages of peace and justice.”

Gerth was shot and killed Saturday while he was inside a protest camp set up in Louisville’s Jefferson Square Park. Video of the shooting shows a man believed to be Steven Nelson Lopez, 23, shooting indiscriminately into the camp and killing Gerth with a gunshot to the face.

Police arrested Lopez and charged him with murder and first-degree wanton endangerment, according to law enforcement officials in the city.

Lopez had been associated with the protests for the last 12 days, according to witnesses. He had also been arrested and charged earlier in the month for inciting a riot and disorderly conduct and was armed with a loaded handgun during the arrest.

Other bystanders with guns returned fire on the suspect Saturday and shot him in the leg.

Gerth is remembered for his Instagram account, which is still public, that was outspokenly supportive of the Black Lives Matter movement.

“While we cannot fathom this life without our happy, inquisitive, hardworking, funny, precious Tyler,” his family added in a statement, “we pray that his death would be a turning point and catalyst for peace in the city he loved so much. We ask for your prayers and that the Lord would draw close in our sorrow, but we also ask that his death is not just another statistic of senseless violence.”

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