INDIANAPOLIS (March 21, 2015) – An Indianapolis teenager and her brother returned to Brookside Park Saturday, the same park where they were viciously beaten a week ago. The incident, which was captured on cell phone video, quickly went viral.
“Today is a starting point for all of us to come together,” the crowd gathered was told.
Unlike a week ago, this time Barbara Snelson and her brother were surrounded by love.
“It’s just nice to know we have all these people behind our back,” she said.
A 14-year-old girl was arrested and charged with multiple felonies for the attack. Snelson said during the attack she was thinking of only one thing: her brother.
“Him being there,” she said. “I wanted him out of there. He had nothing to do with this, yet he’s the one that got hurt. He don’t even know them. He don’t go to our school. He’s five years old.”
Tammy Pinegar organized Saturday’s event. She doesn’t know the family, but lives near the park, and wanted to community to come together.
“They’re the bravest kids I know,” she said. “With the park united like it did, there are going to be eyes here constantly. No kid should be afraid to come to the park and play ever.”
Snelson said if her attackers were trying to scare her, it didn’t work.
“It’s the same thing I told my friends because I came to school the next day,” she said. “I’m not going to stop doing what I usually do, taking care of him just because they want to start something.”