INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 16, 2015)-- It's a unique way of bringing awareness to the startling number of homicides this year in Indianapolis. A local church unveiled a display on the east side that has drivers doing a double take.
It's a field full of crosses at the corner of Emerson Avenue near 46th street.
"I felt it had to do with graves," said neighbor, Rhoda Tunstell.
More than 130 crosses placed next to St. Alban's Episcopal Church do represent death in a different way. The church installed the crosses to represent each murder in Indianapolis so far this year. Neighbors say the crosses were alarming at first but now that they know the meaning behind them, the image is more powerful than scary.
"Anything we can do that will uplift spirits and keep people more active and doing things that are positive in those areas where they actually know something about these horrendous attacks. This will probably help people think about the seriousness of it," said Tunstell.
In the spring, the church along with local urban gardens will plant 5,000 pounds of fresh produce around these crosses to feed people in need and those impacted by violence the most. Hoping to change what represent violence to an image that helps the community.
"But we kid ourselves if we want to believe that those two things aren't related. This poverty and this need that's going on in society isn't related to all the death and all the crime," said Molly Mattocks with The Cupboard of Lawrence Township, who will receive some of the fresh produce.
"Recognizing homicides we talk about this continuously about root causes. And often times people find themselves having to fend for themselves with food. So they go out and commit an robbery because they're hungry," said IMPD Chief, Rick Hite.
Organizers hope the food will offer nutritious choices to those living in the neighborhoods most affected by murders and local food pantries.