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Louisville leaders stunned after well-known activist accused of trying to kill mayoral candidate


Community leaders in Louisville say they are shocked and stunned after 21-year-old Quintez Brown was arrested for allegedly trying to kill mayoral candidate Craig Greenberg.”A lot of us are just struggling to make sense out of all this, but sometimes you simply cannot make sense out of things that simply do not make sense,” Louisville poet and activist Hannah Drake said. “And for me, I just think about Quintez as someone to me who needs help and I hope that he gets it.”I can’t think of anyone that had any issues with Craig Greenberg. Craig Greenberg is just a very nice, non-divisive person and many of us know his family, many of us know him so that hurt for that to happen to him. We were saddened that that happened to him and we are saddened for what’s happening to Quintez, so on both sides, this is just a sad day, I believe, for Louisville,” Drake added.Drake has known Brown for years – first as an emerging leader in anti-violence efforts then as one of the youngest leaders during the 2020 Breonna Taylor protests.”It is hard to lead for a day, a month, a year, and you never know what pre-existing situations people have,” Louisville Urban League President Sadiqa Reynolds said.Key details: What we know about the shooting at mayoral candidate Craig Greenberg’s officeReynolds was among the many local leaders who helped Brown’s family after he was reported missing during the summer of 2021. He was found safe two weeks later in New York.”We knew, we had an idea that things weren’t right,” Reynolds said.In late 2021, Brown set his ambition on a metro council seat, filing to run in District 5.”I think Quintez was simply doing what Quintez has always learned how to do,” Drake said. “Function at a high level even though he is dealing with some mental issues, I believe.”With Brown now facing charges, many are questioning what happened and what the possible motivations may have been. Police have said they still do not know.More on the suspect: Bond raised for man accused of shooting at Louisville mayoral candidate, mental evaluation planned”You have to think about not only the rational person and how they see and hear what you say, and you have to think about the irrational. And while you can’t necessarily predict the way an irrational person may take your tweet or your interview, that is something that’s on your mind,” mayoral candidate Pastor Timothy Findley Jr. said.Those who know Brown say they are praying for Greenberg while providing some needed support.”I am not a person who is going to throw Quintez away,” Drake said.Brown is expected to be back in court next week.

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Community leaders in Louisville say they are shocked and stunned after 21-year-old Quintez Brown was arrested for allegedly trying to kill mayoral candidate Craig Greenberg.

“A lot of us are just struggling to make sense out of all this, but sometimes you simply cannot make sense out of things that simply do not make sense,” Louisville poet and activist Hannah Drake said. “And for me, I just think about Quintez as someone to me who needs help and I hope that he gets it.

“I can’t think of anyone that had any issues with Craig Greenberg. Craig Greenberg is just a very nice, non-divisive person and many of us know his family, many of us know him so that hurt for that to happen to him. We were saddened that that happened to him and we are saddened for what’s happening to Quintez, so on both sides, this is just a sad day, I believe, for Louisville,” Drake added.

Drake has known Brown for years – first as an emerging leader in anti-violence efforts then as one of the youngest leaders during the 2020 Breonna Taylor protests.

“It is hard to lead for a day, a month, a year, and you never know what pre-existing situations people have,” Louisville Urban League President Sadiqa Reynolds said.

Key details: What we know about the shooting at mayoral candidate Craig Greenberg’s office

Reynolds was among the many local leaders who helped Brown’s family after he was reported missing during the summer of 2021. He was found safe two weeks later in New York.

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“We knew, we had an idea that things weren’t right,” Reynolds said.

In late 2021, Brown set his ambition on a metro council seat, filing to run in District 5.

“I think Quintez was simply doing what Quintez has always learned how to do,” Drake said. “Function at a high level even though he is dealing with some mental issues, I believe.”

With Brown now facing charges, many are questioning what happened and what the possible motivations may have been. Police have said they still do not know.

More on the suspect: Bond raised for man accused of shooting at Louisville mayoral candidate, mental evaluation planned

“You have to think about not only the rational person and how they see and hear what you say, and you have to think about the irrational. And while you can’t necessarily predict the way an irrational person may take your tweet or your interview, that is something that’s on your mind,” mayoral candidate Pastor Timothy Findley Jr. said.

Those who know Brown say they are praying for Greenberg while providing some needed support.

“I am not a person who is going to throw Quintez away,” Drake said.

Brown is expected to be back in court next week.

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