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Re-examining what to do about recent violence

Scene of Saturday shooting Saturday 3500 Graceland Ave. Scene of Saturday shooting Saturday 3500 Graceland Ave.

It was another violent night in Indianapolis with three murders adding to an already alarming homicide rate in 2013.

All three deaths happened on the city's north side in the span of just five hours.

Metro police tell Eyewitness News they don't believe any of them were random. But the surge in violence has the community on high alert.

People on the frontline of the crime fight are now re-examining how to approach this problem.

One local pastor was to do something about the escalating violence.

Just before 5 o'clock Saturday, 18-year-old Markeewan Ward was gunned down in the 3500 block of Graceland Avenue.

Two hours later, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police were called to the 3600 block of Gladstone Avenue where they found 23-year-old Dominique Butler shot to death. Then, around 9:30, 47- year- old Terry Day was found dead inside a home in the 400 block of West 26th Street.

In just four hours, police were working three homicides. One-hundred twenty-six people have been murdered as of Sunday. The most the city has seen in one year since 2006. Statistics Reverend Malachi Walker does not want to hear.

"Three more lives, lost due to violence in this city. Very heartbreaking. Im just outranged and disturbed right now,"  said Reverend Walker. 

Instead of breaking his spirit, the recent violence in the streets has actually revitalized Reverend Walkers efforts to put it to a stop.

"We're not going to be a building just sitting in the community and not get out here and try to combat some of this crime," Walker said during his Sunday morning sermon.

Reverend Walker practices what he preaches.

He has been in the trenches, turning lives around in the streets for more than 20 years through his organization called Young Men Inc.

Seventeen-year-old Aaron Wooden started the program when he was eight-years-old. He says the program saves lives. He knows, because he says it has saved his.

"Like when I am around situations where something goes bad or something goes wrong it's taught me how to not be in the bad situation and how to actually help to be the solution," said Wooden.

Reverend Walker explained, "We need to do more of that we need to spread this ministry out to this whole entire city."

Walker is organizing a making better choices conference to bring young men together to find a solution before crime takes over.

"They are not going to win this. They are not going to win and I strongly believe we come together and unify we can tackle this thing," says Walker.

The program in the past has focused on kids ages ten and up but now he plans on reaching out to boys as young as seven for the next Young Men Inc program.

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