LEAWOOD, Kan. – If you drive down State Line Road in Leawood Thursday, you will see about 200 white, wooden crosses standing in front of the Leadwood Baptist Church.
This is the third year the church is holding "The Longest Night." The crosses are for every homicide victim in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
"There are families in our communities that are hurting. It is not only for awareness but to let these families know that we as a community love and support them," said Pastor Adam Carter.
Every year, on what is deemed the longest night of the year, the church has a vigil for the families and victims. This year the program will be Dec. 21 at 6 p.m.
"We are about to get with our families. It’s Christmas time, but there are people in our community that are really hurting," said Carter.