INDIANAPOLIS, Ind (Feb. 2, 2016)-- Following a violent summer, the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood has calmed down. Residents have stepped-up and helped contribute to 112 days without a fatal shooting.
Although progress has been made, community leaders are hoping to change the identity of the neighborhood and make an impact on the local youth.
In order to keep the peace, Butler-Tarkington residents started walking patrols.
The first walk started at 40th and Boulevard Tuesday night. It began with a quick prayer and then the work began.
"The more engagement we can do with the kids, then the police will have to do less engaging with our kids," said resident Wallace Nash.
Rev. Charles Harrison and the Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition have been patrolling neighborhoods for year. He offered advice on how to successfully navigate walking patrols.
"What it does is send a message to people in the community who are involved in the criminal activity that the neighborhood is standing-up," said Harrison.
"It's real quiet and this is the way it should be," said Nash.
For 112 days, the neighborhood has been quiet. Residents in this neighborhood aren't taking anything for granted.
"I raised my kids here, I lost my son in this neighborhood," said Greg Wilson.
Wilson lost his son to gun violence along with close family friend Clarence "Wade" Havvard. Also, there are still no answers for what happened at 3918 Graceland Avenue. Deshaun Swanson, 10, was inside his home at that address when he was shot and killed in a drive-by.
"I don't know how they live with themselves when they know what they did to people in this community," said Wilson.