INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (August 26, 2015) - In the wake of recent violence one neighborhood association is looking to get more people involved. The Crown Hill Neighborhood Association wants to see an active crime watch group and more resources dedicated to keeping kids out of trouble.
IMPD Police Chief Rick Hite met with community leaders on Tuesday and stressed the need for residents to play an active role in improving their neighborhoods.
"It’s been very hard to take because it’s been youth teenagers," said Carleen Carter, President of the Crown Hill Neighborhood Association.
16-year-old Jaylen Johnson was killed behind a vacant home in the 300 block of W. 31 Street last Thursday. Police arrested a 16-year-old suspect in connection with his murder. Back in July, a mother was killed by a stray bullet while she was inside her home. A 16-year-old suspect was charged with reckless homicide in her death.
Local churches are stepping up too. The Coppin Chapel AME Church held a rally called "Our Youth Matters" Wednesday night. Another rally is planned for Thursday night, with dinner served to kids at 5:30 p.m and 6:30 p.m. The church is located at 3201 N. Capitol Ave.
"I really basically just hope the teens realize that we are here for them not only the church but the community itself they’re here for them if they need anything," said Karen Mitchell, a church member.
Several recent crimes happened in the neighborhood near The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. Several representatives from the museum attended the meeting with Chief Hite.
"Obviously we’re concerned as all of our neighbors are about the crime wave, the crime throughout the city and so anything we can do as far as meetings working with other community leaders we’re happy to do it," said Brian Statz, Vice President of Operations for The Children's Museum of Indianapolis.