Decatur - 2012 is a year that some people in Decatur will never forget.
"The last few years, and especially the last few weeks, some of the violence, it's sad really," Decatur councilman Patrick McDaniel told WAND News.
For parents like Rod Wilson, and Jacob Wallace, 2012 was a year full of hurt.
"It hurts you to the heart, you know, I got kids, and I know the stuff that's going on out here it would almost be a responsible thing for me to send my kids outside to play," said Wilson.
Wallace said,"it's hard to believe our kids are going out here having to go to school and worry about some of the things they have to worry about."
In March there was the double murder of Freedom and Central Cunningham.
In December, there were two violent murders.
The first was Isaiah Wiley in the 400-block of East Waggoner on December 8th.
The second was Jarvas Thomas who was shot and killed on Monday, December 10th.
The murders have struck a chord with local church leaders who say the violence has to stop.
"We have to do the things that god has called us to do in order to see that change come," one pastor said Sunday night at the Decatur Civic Center.
People are hoping for better times to come.
"We're doing things like this in the community, and we're dedicated to making sure that we do more of this and don't let it die down. So I do believe the more we do this, the more we'll see some differences," said Wilson.