Associated Press

YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO: A Northeast Ohio church hopes the construction of a $1.3 million parish hall will help revive the declining neighborhood where two of its parishioners were killed in separate crimes.

The Vindicator newspaper reports the bishop and the mayor were on hand Tuesday as St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church in Youngstown broke ground for the project. The church became a focus of crime-fighting issues after two killings.

In 2010, a 75-year-old man was killed as he and his wife left the church. The suspect has been convicted and is awaiting sentencing in the killing, which prosecutors describe as a case of mistaken identity.

Months earlier, an 80-year-old parishioner had been killed in the church parking lot in a suspected robbery. The trial for that suspect has been delayed.