New video aims to reduce homicides in Fort Wayne

A new video aims to raise community awareness about homicides in Fort Wayne and the importance of preventing violence and providing positive opportunities for black men and boys.

The video, announced Thursday by Mayor Tom Henry and Fort Wayne UNITED, takes a serious look at Fort Wayne’s homicide issue and the need for collaboration to prevent future killings. The video will be shared with organizations locally and across the country as a way to share the message of the importance of investing in the lives of individuals and families who need it most. The Chapel donated all of the video services to make the project possible.

As part of the ongoing outreach and education efforts, community members are encouraged to share stories on social media using #couldabeenme about positive steps they’re taking or know are being taken to reduce negative outcomes for individuals and families.

Leaders today also encouraged the public to get involved with Fort Wayne UNITED by volunteering. The new video and volunteer opportunities are available at Fort Wayne UNITED will host a community forum in the near future for individuals and groups to learn more about how to get involved.

Fort Wayne UNITED was started by Henry in 2016. Under the direction of Iric Headley, it places two national efforts, Cities United and My Brother’s Keeper, into one program to provide positive opportunities and hope for black men and boys.