Church remembers Kansas City’s 101 homicide victims - KCTV5

Church remembers Kansas City’s 101 homicide victims

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A Kansas City church is remembering the victims of each homicide in the city.

Members of the Wornall Road Baptist Church, located at 400 West Meyer Boulevard, are putting up a cross for every person murdered in Kansas City this year.

There have been 101 homicides in Kansas City so far this year.  According to police, this time last year there were 107 homicides.  There were 114 homicides total for 2011.

The church added two more crosses Sunday, including one for 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins, who was fatally shot last week by Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher at the home they shared with their 3-month-old daughter.

Belcher then drove to the Chiefs practice facility at Arrowhead Stadium, where he killed himself in front of team officials, who pleaded with him to put down his gun.

The church says the display is meant to help the victims' families heal.

"We really believe that this is a display that really indicates what Christmas is all about.  It is a time when we want to break through the darkness in our city with love, light and compassion and be there for those," pastor John Mark Clifton said.  "It is easy to forget about this at Christmas and look at the lights and nostalgia and sentimentality, but there are people deeply hurting right now."

Clifton said he wants the victims' families to know they are not forgotten. But the church also wants the city to know how big the violence problem is.

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