LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Little Rock has had its fair share of violence over the course of 2017.

This year there have been 45 homicides in the capitol city. But, there hasn't been a homicide in Little Rock in over two weeks. One Arkansas man made something to symbolize that progress.

Maurice Saunders of Judsonia handcrafted a cross as a gift to the SAY McIntosh Stop the Violence organization. Its meaning is a representation of the progress Little Rock has made, as well as the progress the city still has to make. The organization's Executive Director Derotha McIntosh has a special message for neighbors.

"Love one another, take care of one another, have some respect for one another. Stop hurting one another. Physically, mentally and spiritually. We can do it,” said McIntosh.

The cross stands 17 feet tall and the organization said it hopes the symbol will give a sense of empowerment within the community.