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190 crosses placed in church's lawn, service held to remember this year’s murder victims

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With two weeks left in 2017, the Kansas City metro has seen one of its most violent years in decades.  

On Thursday, the longest night of the year, a church in Leawood held a special service to remember murder victims.

The crosses have been in the lawn for a week. Each one bears the name of someone killed in the metro and, although they are more than a number, the total number is significant, too.

It’s a sobering sight: 190 crosses.

That’s almost 200 people killed this year. Not from some rare disease, but at the hands of another person.

Inside the church, the service intended to provide family members some comfort among those who are dealing with similar emotions and those who are more fortunate, but still care.

“It lets you know the people on the other side,” said Rosilyn Temple, the mother of a 2011 homicide victim and member of KC Mothers in Charge. “The community, the other side of Troost, they care. They care about all the surrounding counties. They care. They think about us and no one wants this to happen to them. So, how do we stop this?”

At the end of the service, family members will be invited to take home the cross bearing their loved one’s name as a reminder that there is a bigger community keeping them in their hearts.

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