ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) --- Police are still looking for answers to try and solve more than half the homicides in Allen County for 2012.
Gunshot wounds were the cause of death in the vast majority of the homicides, and the perpetrators, in a number of them, are still at large.
At the time of this report, hours before the New Year, 29 homicides had occurred in the county for 2012.
24 of them involved firearms.
Three victims were beaten to death, while two others died of stab wounds.
17 remain unsolved.
Local pastor Carlton Lynch presided over the funeral of the most recent homicide victim, 19-year old Ramareo Booher, whose body was found lying in an alley on Reed Street.
Lynch is passionate about working to bring an end to some of the violence.
He recalls the words of Connecticut's governor following the massacre at the Newtown elementary school.
" He said that evil has taken up residence in our community. And not only did that transpire in Connecticut, but I believe that evil has moved into Fort Wayne and for whatever reason, I don't know if it's all gangs, I don't know if it's all drugs, maybe it's just beef between one or two people," said Lynch, who pastors the New Beginnings Church.
He also organized a campaign called “Increase the Peace”.
There were 24 homicides in Allen County in 2011, 28 in 2010.
The record was back in 1997, when the total was 42.
Pastor Lynch says he's been meeting with kids in the Eden Green Apartment Complex, and in other locales to try and influence young people who are drawn to gangs, to get out, in hopes of slowing the violence.
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