'Stand Up For Justice Rally' introduces solutions to families of homicide victims

Some of the community is honoring victims and supporting families who are dealing with heartbreak after losing loved ones to violence.

Posted: Mar. 10, 2018 9:42 PM
Updated: Mar. 11, 2018 8:12 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Some families are still contemplating answers, but today was an extra step to finding a method they all hope will work to solve crime in the city.

David Miller said he won't stop until justice is served.

"I believe that a city of our size, to have this many homicides, is way too many," he said.

Miller lost his grandson a few months ago.

He's trying to prevent other families from going through the hurt he's experienced.

"Karen and I had a meeting together a couple weeks ago, and we agreed she would use the witness protection program, and that we would announce it here," he added.

Along with that announcement, other solutions were also introduced with many of the city's leaders present.

"He suggested that we have a formalized fund, a witness protection fund, that we publicize that people know about, and that they understand is accessible, so that if somebody does have information about a homicide and is worried about their own personal safety, or the safety of their family, we have a fund where we can put them somewhere safe and make sure they stay safe until their trial testimony," Karen Richards said.

For the families who say they haven't been heard, Deputy Chief Gary Hamilton said they are working toward a solution so they will be.

"From now on moving forward, after 72 hours after an incident takes place , we are going to come together with the prosecutors office, the lead detective, crime scene technician, victim assistance,and sit down and discuss the case," Hamilton said.

By doing that, they'll establish a timeline from when the victim got up that day, make sure everything is collected, and then meet within 7 to 10 days to sit down with the family, and discuss what took place.

Bishop Willie Bolden said that along with open forums like this is going to hopefully show that everyone is working toward the same thing.

"A lot of healing took place by having an opportunity for those people to vent. Sometimes people just need a place to vent, and like some of them said, 'I just want to come up and tell my story' and I think that was the opportunity that many had today," he said.

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