Former basketball star brings message of peace to Indianapolis

Cheryl Cook at rally against crime, May 3, 2014
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A former high school basketball stand-out returned to Indianapolis Saturday to lead a rally against crime.
"We weren't snitching. No, we were telling to save each other's lives - and that's what it's all about," said Cheryl Cook.

Cook played at Indianapolis-Washington and was Indiana Miss Basketball in 1981. Today, she works for the Ohio Department of Youth Services but recent violence in her hometown prompted Cook to take action.

Dozens gathered Saturday afternoon in the parking lot of School 63 near 12th Street and Belmont. Cook said she's tired of all the senseless killings in Indy and called on the community to work with police for peace.

"We can fix this collectively," Cook said. "It's not going to happen overnight, again, but we need to use our resources, our city leaders. We're voting you guys into offices - you need to come to these communities and know that these people need help."

Cook said she'll continue to make the trip here from Ohio until she gets her message across.