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Grief counseling scheduled after quadruple homicide

Grief counseling after quadruple homicides

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indianapolis metropolitan police are helping an effort to provide grief counseling for those on the far east side impacted by a Wednesday night shooting that killed four people.

The police chief hopes it will help the community as well as urge them to share information that will lead police to the killer.

Grief counselors will be available on Sunday on the far east side.

When News 8 talked to Chief Randal Taylor last month, he mentioned community outreach is one of the ways he wanted to cut down on crime. News 8 spoke with him again, and he says this is exactly what he was talking about.

Grief counseling is something Shonna Majors, director of Community Violence Reduction, says is sorely needed on the east side.

“It is unfathomable what they are going through. Not just one loss, but several at one time,” said Majors.

The opportunity for grief counseling is being organized by the Far East Side Community Council with the support of IMPD. The first session was this past Sunday at Community Alliance of the Far Eastside.

“A lot of people in the community don’t want to reach out for help, so if we can bring it to them and remove the barrier of them having to go somewhere, we think that that would be a lot more helpful,” said Majors.

Taylor said he hopes this resource will help those grieving in the community as well as investigators.

“We want to make sure they understand we are there for them, but we are also, of course, trying to illicit responses from the community, information on these murders,” said Taylor.

Majors hopes resources like this can continue to be available in at-risk neighborhoods.

“There is a lot of healing that has to happen throughout our city, and I would say it is definitely a step in the right direction, and I would love to see more of this happen,” said Majors.

Officials hope giving communities that often become the victims of violence a resource will also cut down on the amount of revenge crime.

“A lot of the cases that we work with, that is our main goal, is to make sure the retribution is minimal if at all, because it doesn’t change anything. It doesn’t bring your loved one back,” said Majors.

“Hopefully these things with the grief counseling and stuff gives people another tool on how to deal with those kinds of frustrations and those stresses and whatever gets you to the point that you feel like it’s OK to take a life,” said Taylor.

Sunday’s grief counseling session is open to anyone, not just those affected by the quadruple homicide.

Details on an exact time and location are to be determined.


Monday’s business headlines from Jane King

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Here are headlines from Jane King at the NASDAQ.

Retailers’ sales: Retailers will reveal more about the holiday-shopping season in the coming week. Several retailers recently detailed steps they’re taking to adapt to the changing world of commerce: Macy’s recently detailed plans to close stores and cut jobs, while L Brands is selling a big stake in Victoria’s Secret.

Speak up: Facebook will pay you for your voice, but don’t expect to get wealthy. The company is paying select people to record phrases to improve its voice recognition tools. It’s asking them record the phrase, “Hey portal, call…” which is its camera-equipped home device, followed by saying the first name of a Facebook friend twice for 10 times. The task takes around five minutes to do. The payment is $5 sent via PayPal.

New phone model: Apple could roll out its new low-cost iPhone at an event at the end of March, Front Page Tech analyst and YouTuber Jon Prosser has revealed, though there are still questions about how much the coronavirus outbreak will hurt production. The new low-cost iPhone model will give help Apple meet consumer demand for quality products that don’t break the bank. Sources say the price starts at $399.

Fighting the virus: The Trump administration will ask Congress this week for more money to fight the deadly coronavirus. Fox Business reports the exact amount is unknown. The Trump administration says it is also focusing on ensuring the U.S. has access to protective gear like face masks and supporting the race to develop treatment drugs and vaccines.

Stocks down: Coronavirus fears returned to the stock market Friday. Declines were led by companies with supply chain exposure in China. Investors rushed to safe havens like the treasury market.

Social media alert: Parents concerned with their children’s TikTok obsession have a new app feature that lets them have more control over how many videos is too many. The company announced the family safety mode, which allows parents and guardians to link their TikTok account to their teens’. Once they’re connected, parents have the option to control how long their teen can spend on TikTok each day under the screen time management feature.