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Homicide victims honored outside Louisville church

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The lives of all of this year's homicide victims in the city are honored in a somber tradition outside of a Louisville church.

An estimated 113 crosses, one for each victim, line the front lawn of Highland Baptist Church on Cherokee Road.

With each additional homicide, Pastor Joe Phelps says the church will add one cross to that display.

"The point of the crosses is to awaken peoples' consciousness. And hopefully to move them beyond the idea of well those poor bad people who were in harm's warm or were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Rather to look at, what are the systems and the conditions that create people that kill other people," Pastor Joe Phelps said.

The church has done this for the last two decades.

But the pastor says the number of crosses this year has forced them to move to another part of the lawn.

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