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.