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Pastors preach peace in Sunday services amid violent start to year

Posted at 6:35 PM, Feb 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-09 18:35:01-05

INDIANAPOLIS — Preaching peace took on a new meaning Sunday just days after a quadruple homicide on the northeast side.

The pews were packed at Barnes United Methodist Church. People went to church to worship and also to brainstorm how to stop the steady stream of violence in the city.

The Rev. Charles Harrison, who serves as senior pastor at Barnes United and board president the Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition, was one of around 50 pastors addressing their congregations Sunday about the violence in the city.

A quadruple homicide Wednesday was the latest active of violence to shock the city. All the victims were between the ages of 19-21.

"Those were four babies," Fawn Harrison said. "Those were babies."

Police have not arrested anyone for their murders. Meanwhile, gun violence continues to happen at an alarming rate. There have already been more than 20 homicides in the city this year.

"When we are sitting back not paying attention to what is going on, our whole community is falling down before us," Fawn Harrison said.

Sunday served as a wake-up call for anyone who doesn't realize the tragic trend taking place.

"This code of silence, that is crazy because you would not want that to happen to anyone in your family," Fawn Harrison said.

Fawn Harrison his a mother and wife. She said she can't help but think of her own children when she looks at all the lives being cut short by violence.

"I start thinking about my children because I can't even imagine," she said. "My kids always laugh at me. They say, 'Mom, you are always in our business.' I'm a nosy parent, and that is my job."

Bringing the crime rate issue to the forefront is only the first step pastors plan to unite upon across the city to make sure the message reaches the right ears. The next step is to take the discussion into upcoming Bible study classes and mid-week worship services in hopes of figuring out solutions.

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