Charges dismissed against teen in July 4th fatal shooting in Indianapolis

Monquize Edwards
Charges against a man arrested in a fatal shooting on the Fourth of July have been dismissed.

The Marion County prosecutor's office confirms that charges were dismissed against 18-year-old Eron Bronner in the death of 16-year-old Monquize Edwards because of "uncooperative witnesses," and "evidentiary problems."

Bonner was originally charged with Murder, Unlawful Possession Of A Firearm By A Serious Violent Felon, Class B Felony and the Criminal Gang Enhancement.

Edwards was killed on July 4, 2013 at 15 West Maryland Street.  He is survived by family members, including a six-month-old son.

"I am happy. My heart is filled with joy. I am so happy," said Penika Edwards after learning of the arrest, which occurred a few days after the shooting. "We are all satisfied, because that's all we wanted for justice to be served."

A friend of Monquize Edwards told police he had gotten into an altercation with another man outside the Circle Centre Mall before the shooting.

Police say they got a lot of help after posting pictures of five persons of interest. Releasing the security camera pictures from around Maryland and Illinois also helped.

Police say several of the persons of interest came into police headquarters after seeing their photos on TV news, including Bonner, who denied any role in the shooting.

But another witness told police he saw Bonner "make a gun-drawing motion, then a muzzle flash and saw Edwards had been shot."

Police say security video shows the argument between victim and suspect, both shouting gang names. The victim then grabbed his friend and left the corner.

Crowds were thick that night on what police call a "hot corner." Surveillance shows the suspect start walking away from the victim, then suddenly turning about-face and weaving his way through the crowd until he caught up with Edwards.

Police say that's when he fired.

But not before putting a white t-shirt on over his tank top. Police say Bonner's Facebook page photos show signs of deep gang ties.

Police do not believe the July 4 shooting had anything to do with other shootings in a violent week in Indianapolis.

"Detectives have no reason to believe it is related to any other incident that's occurred in the city in the last recent weeks," said Lt. Christopher Bailey. "It is very satisfying for the community and the message is if you commit violence in the city, we are not going to stop until we find out who you are and bring you to justice."

This story has been updated from its original version.