Fort Wayne churches rally against violence

(Jeff Bowman/21Alive)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): A group of southeast Fort Wayne residents are demanding answers and change after four shootings in a 24-hour period last week that included the murder of a 14-year-old boy.

About 50 people showed up at a call-to-action meeting at New Beginnings Church to speak with community leaders and pastor Carlton Lynch Sunday, while another rally took place at the Wings of Deliverance Church, as residents are fed up with the violence and looking to create change in their neighborhoods.

The Journal Gazette reports the meetings were sparked by the recent killing of Nicholaus Scroggins, who was shot to death Tuesday, as well as the shooting death of 15-year-old John Bennett Jr. earlier this month.

Lynch is going to reach out to community leaders to propose a 10pm curfew for young people, calling Fort Wayne “out of control.”

Lynch is also reaching out to local business leaders to help create jobs for teens in an attempt to provide “hope through employment.” The leaders of the rally at the Wings of Deliverance Church are forming a “strategic plan” to prevent teen violence.


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