IMPD: 15-year-old killed in northeast Indianapolis shooting
The family of a 15-year-old Indianapolis teen is grieving as police build a case against the boy's killer.
Ja'Vonne Ellis was shot and killed at 38th and Station Sts. on the city's northeast side Monday night. He left the Walgreens store Monday night and was walking through a nearby parking lot when he was fatally shot. Indianapolis Metro Police list two 16-year-old boys as suspects, but have not released their names or any details about what happened.
Leroy Ellis, Ja'Vonne's father, returned Tuesday to the spot where his teenage son lost his life. Ellis says Ja'Vonne loved football and wanted to work as a welder someday.
"He wanted to do something different. He wanted to be somebody important when he became an adult. He just...too many bad influences," said Ellis.
"I never thought it would be my kid," Ellis said. "This is where he lost his soul at. This is where his soul went away at. So I just wanted to come over here for a minute and just kind of sit here."
Ellis said his son had his rebellious moments, but was athletic, loved football, and was about to start sophomore year at Tech High School.
Leroy says Ja'Vonne wanted to be a welder.
"He was a smart young man. He could have done a lot with himself," said Ellis.
Sad, frustrated and bitter, Leroy Ellis says a solution to the violence, could be as simple as activities for teens to keep them out of trouble.
"They need to probably create something for these kids to do, besides nothing," he said.
Ja'Vonne's big sister Jayln agrees.
"Urge the parents to keep their kids out of trouble and off these streets and into something productive. Have them in a camp, or find jobs," she said.
Jayln was at the scene near 38th and Station after her brother was shot.
She says Ja'Vonne's smile will never leave her mind.
"He was like my little big brother. He was always protecting me. Always looking out for me, no matter who they were or how big they were," she said.
The only brother among six sisters, he loved life and his family most of all.
"I just want justice for my brother because he was only 15. He didn't deserve this, he didn't even live his life. And he was just starting. Starting on a good path," said Jayln.
Police have not identified a suspect or motive in the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.