INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 4, 2016) – Police are investigating after two teenagers are murdered Wednesday in Indianapolis.
The deadly crimes took place on northeast side and the northwest side.
In just over one month, five teenagers have been shot to death this year.
The latest victim was 18 years and and died after being shot in a car at the entrance to an apartment complex.
That boy’s mother is heartbroken by the loss.
“It’s killing me to know I couldn’t be there for my baby. It’s killing me,” said the victim’s mother, Sanekah Jackson Jones. “This is going to be hardest time of my life. I don’t know how I’m going to make it through this.”
Saneka remembers her son, Jerrold Parker, as a fun loving kid who loved playing baseball.
Parker had been set to graduate high school next month.
“It’s really hard because it’s not fair someone would take him away. He didn’t have a chance to grow old. That’s what hurts the most,” said Jones. “His last words were, ‘Tell my mother I love her.’ That meant so much to me to know I was on his mind.”
Just hours before her son got killed, a 16-year-old identified as Jaylen Murray was shot to death inside a car on the northeast side.
Police don’t have any suspects in that case, but they are alarmed at the young ages of the victims.
“Anytime you have a 16 year old and an 18 year old die due to gunfire it’s very concerning to us,” said IMPD Capt. Richard Riddle.
Just over one month into the year, out of the city’s 14 homicides, five have involved teenage victims.
“They’re too young. They’re not getting chance to enjoy life. They’re not getting a chance to grow old and things they’re supposed to do,” said Jones.
That mother just wishes the city’s youth would realize the pain they cause when they use guns to solve their conflicts.
“It’s the craziest thing to pull out a gun and take a human life. You don’t get to take that back,” said Jones.
Police believe they know who is responsible for killing Parker, but so far no arrests have been made.
Anyone with information on either case is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.