All 2016 Indianapolis murders remain unsolved
INDIANAPOLIS,Ind (Feb. 1, 2016) — As the calendar turns from January to February, Indianapolis Metropolitan police detectives have yet to make an arrest in the nine murders last month.
In many cases, people involved in shootings simply won’t talk to police, which makes solving murders much more difficult.
Over the weekend there were ten people shot in Indianapolis. None of the shootings were fatal. A suspected shooter from one of the weekend shootings is just 14 years old.
Several urban leaders acknowledge that kids are getting involved in street violence at a young age.
“They are becoming criminals at 10 and 12,” said community activist Anthony Hampton.
Along with keeping a close ear to the streets through his anti-violence organization, WADE, Hampton is also a youth basketball coach.
“That’s the thing with coaching–the wins are nothing. It’s being able to mold these kids and being able to tell them my story,” said Hampton.
Hampton isn’t just teaching the art of driving the baseline and a smooth jump shot, he’s helping these kids avoid yellow tape lines and shootings through his personal experience.
“You pretty much know you are going to lose some [kids], the thing is trying to save as many as you can,” said Hampton.
Hampton, with help from parents, is doing his part to keep the focus on the court and not the streets. The nine murders in January only reinforce the reality.
“An idle mind is idle time and that is the devil’s playground. I just try and keep them occupied as much as possible,” said parent Valerie Miller.
“They all want to grow up so fast and that’s why I try and keep my son into sports. Otherwise they are in jail or in the grave before they can enjoy their childhood,” said parent Curtis Fluker.
There were a total of 12 homicides in January, but two of them were ruled self-defense.
If you have any information that could lead to an arrest you are asked to call police or Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.
On Feb. 6, WADE and The People’s Church will hold an education panel discussion. The meeting is intended to create dialogue about the education and resources available to the youth in Indianapolis.
The event is open to the public and begins at 3 p.m at 4360 West 38th Street.