Neighbors frustrated by Indianapolis violence
There is a common chorus about the need for change in Indianapolis, specifically a change in what's become a culture of violence in the streets.
The loss of a veteran IMPD officer has many people wondering when will this end, why is it happening and how can we stop the trend?
Straight from 34th Street where Officer Perry Renn was killed, there is straight talk about the crisis out here.
"It just seems like nobody cares about life anymore," said Yvonne Moorman.
"It seems it's, 'We'll take your life for a couple bucks'," added Karl Shabazz.
Two people, two perspectives, both sick and tired of the violence.
"Back in my days, they went in hands up. But now, it's guns up," Moorman said.
Yvonne Moorman was there the night Renn was shot. She was hosting a family barbecue, right next to the alley off of Forest Manor Avenue. After she heard the gunfire and hit the floor, she says she learned it was her nephew who pulled the trigger and took an officer's life.
"I give my deepest sympathy to his family and the police force because we need them," Moorman said.
She makes no excuses for the actions of her nephew, 25-year-old Major Davis Jr., that night. She says she doesn't understand it and she worries too many young men are solving problems with guns.
She says they don't care about living. They don't care about dying.
"They're gonna do or die," Moorman said. "That's what it seems like from what's taking place out here on our streets. I just wish the young guys would get themselves together. They need to take off and do something instead of being in these streets. They need to learn how to solve things another way."
Shabazz doesn't live in the northeast side neighborhood where the officer was killed, but the church minister drove there from the west side Monday evening to pray.
He doesn't mince words about the violence all over Indy.
"I feel like, 'Why?' And then the answer comes right away. Stupidity. Ignorance. Lack of education. Lack of good parenting," Shabazz said.
He didn't just show up for prayer. Shabazz is taking action.
He and his team of church members will be going door-to-door in the neighborhood near 34th and Forest Manor, to talk to parents and young people.
They're trying to change a few hearts and fix a few minds.
"We know that it's gonna be hard, but a little effort is better than no effort at all and that's what we're hoping to do," Shabazz said.
He's doing that at street level, where both of these residents fear Indy is losing ground to violence.