CAROLL COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) -- Delphi trick-or-treaters walked side by side with local veterans Tuesday night. The initiative stems from the Delphi tragedy.
Over the past year, Carroll County has suffered through two tragedies. They include the deaths of the four girls in a house fire in Flora and the murders of Abby Williams and Libby German in Delphi.
Tuesday night, local veterans made sure kids in Delphi could trick or treat without any worries.
"Veterans took an oath to serve our country and we never have an expiration date on that, so we want to serve our counties and our communities," said veteran Jim Snowberger.
"Nowadays, it's kind of hard to tell what's going to happen and just as a parent. It definitely makes you feel a lot more at ease," said Dustin Snapp, a parent.
Delphi has been through a lot since last year's Halloween.
In February, Abby Williams and Libby German were killed on the Monon High Bridge Trail.
"Ya know, with Libby and Abby, everybody thought that this would never happen in Delphi, our safe little community, and it rocked our world, basically," said Snowberger.
Their killer still has not been found.
"We can't get back what's been taken, but we can for sure do our best to stand together and make sure that it doesn't happen again," said Larry Snapp, another veteran.
"It made us understand that our streets aren't safe," said Snowberger. "And we did not want the kids to miss out on such a great occasion as trick or treat."
Tuesday night was the first time local veterans went out with trick-or-treaters in Delphi. They're hoping to make the event an annual one. They're even hoping the idea spreads out to other cities, towns and counties.
"And maybe those veterans, they can do it too and organize the same thing and let our kids go out and have some fun," said Snowberger.
Veterans kept a close eye over the Batmans, Minions and princesses as they rang the bell, dug in for candy and walked the streets.