TAMPA, Fla, (WFLA) – A pastor in the Tampa neighborhood of Seminole Heights is wondering whether his neighborhood could change the world by setting an example in the face of tragedy.
Three people were randomly killed in connected shootings on the southeast side of the community. The first victim was killed three weeks ago and Tampa police are still working to solve the case.
Pastor Matt Horan of Seminole Heights United Methodist Church believes good actions could lead to a ripple effect in other communities.
“I think that a church, when it’s faithful to be what God calls it to be, will change the world,” Horan said.
Horan has been an advocate of giving back to the community. He led the funeral service for the third victim, Anthony Naiboa, a man who had autism.
“It’s a horrific thing to have to lose these three young people like we did but those moments are the ones where we are sometimes at our best. When we can come together and support each other,” Horan said.
Horan was working Tuesday to prepare for the church’s “Trunk-or-Treat” event Halloween night for hundreds of children. Many consider it a safe alternative to going door to door in light of recent violence.
Horan says money collected at Naiboa’s funeral will go toward helping children with autism
SEMINOLE HEIGHTS MURDERS COVERAGE-
- Mayor, police chief to trick or treat in Seminole Heights following recent murders
- Funeral held for Seminole Heights murder victim Anthony Naiboa
- Detectives won’t stop working until they catch Seminole Heights killer
- Police chief to patrol Seminole Heights during trick-or-treating as killer remains at large
- Tampa mayor, police chief address concerns over Seminole Heights murders in roll call
- Mayor Buckhorn to Seminole Heights Killer: ‘We will hunt this son of a b**** down’
- Man with autism took wrong bus home from work, became 3rd Seminole Heights murder victim
- Father of Seminole Heights murder victim believes son took new bus route due to cancellation
- Seminole Heights victim’s father says in her honor, go hug your kids
- ‘Guardian Angels’ watch over Seminole Heights as search for killer continues
- TECO adding more lighting in Seminole Heights following 3 murders
- Hundreds walk in vigil for Seminole Heights murder victims
- HART route in Seminole Heights rerouted following 3 murders