INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Friday night, men women and children gathered at an east side church parking lot and prayed for their city, the victims of violence, and the criminals, too.
"We pray for those who are carrying guns god and those who are selling drugs, those who have evil on their hearts and minds," prayed Rev. Charles Harrison.
Then they walked the streets to find them.
"We don't get them to stop because we don't have a relationship with them. We have to go where they are," said Harrison.
They call them faith walks. Groups dispersed into five of the areas of the city with the highest number of homicides this year.
"We've got to build relationships with them and have a presence and we are trying to get churches and neighborhood groups to patrol their own areas."
There have been 31 homicides in the first three months of 2013. The most recent happened just 24 hours before Friday night's vigil and walk.
Tina Flynn was among those walking along 25th Street near Keystone Avenue.
"I'm here to support my best friend," she said. "Her son was murdered a few weeks ago."
She said she hoped she could make a difference and remind adults in the community to do the same.
"Role modeling," she said. "It takes a village to raise a child. We are the village and I feel like this is the village that has come together this evening to make this city - this community - a better place. Hopefully people will hear and see and get involved."
"We want to cover this place and this is the start tonight," said Harrison. "And we hope by summer we've got enough people to cover the whole city."
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