A Florida pastor is using a brutal crime to reach at-risk teens in his community after a teenager allegedly shot and killed a police officer.
"What happened to this 16-year-old? What happened to make him point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger multiple times?" asked Rev. Louis Murphy.
Murphy is so burdened by growing crime in St. Petersburg that he decided to take action. He says it's a lack of spiritual inspiration that's causing the crimes and he's determined to keep at-risk teens out of trouble.
Murphy is using several community activities like the church's own Drum Line and other mentoring programs to combat the problem.
"We need to really start asking the question, what have we become? What kind of society are we?" Murphy asked.
"It makes me feel I have to reach out to people my own age. It teaches you leadership skills and makes you a better person," student Antonio Clark said.
"When we have young people at age 16 that get caught in situations where they take the life of anyone, then we failed somewhere," Murphy explained.
The pastor hopes his actions will not only strengthen teens faith, but also the community as a whole.