Indy neighborhood deals with 4 deaths in 2 months

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 14th 2015) -- A north side Indianapolis neighborhood is trying to come to grips with a wave of deadly violence.

For the fourth time in the last two months, police are investigating a murder in the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood just north of Crown Hill Cemetery.

Nineteen-year-old Malik Perry is the most recent victim. Police say the teen was killed after being shot multiple times Tuesday night.

“It’s just unreal to us. I’m just hoping he’ll walk around the corner,” said Mickela Hollinquest, a family friend.

The Butler-Tarkington neighborhood is just over one-tenth of a square mile, yet this week’s death is the fourth deadly crime in the neighborhood since late August.

On August 24, Marshawn Frazier was shot and killed at 40th and Byram. Two days later, another man was murdered on Bernard. In September, 10-year-old Deshaun Swanson was shot to death on Graceland.

That’s a stunning level of violence for such a small area of the city.

“It’s like every morning you wake up and there’s someone hurt or someone shot,” said Marshawn’s mother, Rena Frazier.

No one has been arrested for shooting Rena’s son and no suspects have been named for Perry’s death.

Both families hope that changes soon.

“I wanna know what we can do to solve these homicides because this is ridiculous and I have no idea why this is happening,” said Hollinquest.

“We’re gonna rally everybody and meet with people in this area so people here will police their own community,” said Rev. Charles Harrison.

Harrison says he plans to meet with neighborhood leaders, because stopping the violence in Butler-Tarkington will take more than just increasing police patrols in the area.

“The whole community is hurt,” said Frazier. “I just want this to stop. I want the pain to stop.”

Anyone with information on any of the deaths in the neighborhood is asked to contact the IMPD.

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