Moms come together to tackle crime in Indy

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A meeting of moms who want to work together to stop crime in Indianapolis was held on Tuesday evening.

Several of the moms who came out to Forest Manor Multi-service Center, have been personally affected by violence. Including Joanne Watts, whose daughter was shot in the face and killed 18years ago.

The moms and community members are in support of tougher gun laws.

Watts has since started a non-profit to try and help young girls in the community, but her family is still very much in pain.

“I didn’t work for years after it happened and my children really had a difficult time with it because they didn’t really understand all the dynamics. They figured that when someone does a crime they go to prison for it, and that’s really not how it works,” said Watts

Watts says she came to the meeting to hopefully get ideas on how she can work with other mothers. She believes if everyone is on the same page, they can be more effective at stopping violence.

The moms will meet again next month. 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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