Businesses band together to curb violence

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Competitors in business are uniting to disrupt crime in the city of Indianapolis.

More than a dozen businesses from along East 38th Street held a rally to stop violence. The businesses  provided free food and guest speakers.

The rally was held in the same spot where just a month ago, Ho Lee, 36, was shot and killed as he tried to stop two suspected thieves from robbing his friend’s store.

“We wanted to get involved and do anything we could do to serve our community,” said Emmett Bourff, Rent-A-Center store manager.

So far this year, there have been 56 murders in Marion County, and some of those cases remain unsolved. Organizers of the event hope Tuesday’s rally will encourage residents and other business leaders to become more proactive in reporting criminal activity once spotted.

“We decided to make a big difference to show the community is behind and trying to make a difference here,” said Bill Allen, owner of Billy Bladez Salon. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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