From Christine: Religious and community leaders plan to gather New Year’s Day to remember Kansas City’s 2009 homicide victims and pray for less violence in 2010. The event, which is open to the public, is set for 10:30 a.m. Friday at Morning Star Baptist Church, 2700 Wabash Ave. The Rev. John Modest Miles will lead a prayer for healing. Afterward, the group will release balloons symbolizing each homicide victim.
Parents of homicide victims, police officers and members of several anti-crime groups are expected to attend.