Mother of teen murder victim pleads for help to catch killer

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 8, 2016 )-- Indianapolis police continue to search for a killer after a 16-year-old boy was gunned down last week on the northeast side.

Sitting in a car in the late afternoon last Wednesday, the victim Jaylan Murray was found shot dead behind the wheel.

“Right now my heart is filled with so much sadness,” said Murray’s mother Katrina Murray.

Katrina lives in Texas while her lived in Indianapolis with his father. Murray went to Arlington High School just a few blocks from the scene of the murder. Right now, it remains a mystery what led up to the shooting.

“Whatever the reason may be, surely it is not worth taking someone's life,” said Katrina.

“We don't know a lot about what happened in that homicide,” said IMPD Capt. Richard Riddle.

Police admit they don`t have any suspects in the teen's murder.

“It's certainly concerning when you have a dead 16-year-old in a car and not a lot of people are coming forward with information,” said Riddle.

“I’m just wanting people to stand up. Take a stand. Speak up and speak out,” said Katrina.

Just two hours after Murray's death, police were called to an apartment complex on the northwest side and found an 18-year-old shot to death.

Jerrold Parker died one month before he would have graduated high school.

“It's just a sinking feeling in my stomach that there are cowards out here that are taking these children's lives,” said Katrina.

The two murders are not related, but Katrina can't stop thinking about how her son’s killer is still on the streets.

“It's absolutely unsettling. It's hard. It's extremely scary,” said Katrina.

Just over one month into the year, five Indianapolis teens have been shot to death.

Jaylan's family wants the city's youth to learn from the violence.

“I'm hoping that our youth understands the importance of life,” said Katrina.

Police say they do have good leads on a suspect in the death of the 18-year-old, but so far no one has been arrested.

Anyone with information either case is asked to contact Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 262-TIPS.


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