IMPD makes arrest in 15-year-old's shooting death
Indianapolis Metro Police have arrested 19-year-old Brice Price in connection with the murder of 15-year-old Anthony Warren.
Price was arrested on Alabama Street Monday, two days after Warren's shooting death.
Warren was the 117th homicide victim in Indianapolis this year, up from 89 at this time in 2012.
"We are never going to forget Anthony. Never, never," said his mother, Nikkita Milledge.
Milledge says she read about her son's shooting within minutes on Facebook, even before officers identified his body at the scene.
"Because someone put on Facebook, 'RIP Anthony, I will miss you' and then the phone calls started coming in to my house and cell phone," she said.
The shooting happened just before 1 p.m. Saturday in the Rosewood Commons apartment complex near West 56th Street and Georgetown Road. Milledge believes others would have been outside to see or hear something. There are reports of at least one vehicle speeding away from the apartment complex shortly after the gunfire.
Flowers and teddy bears now mark the spot where officers found Warren's body.
"Very unbelievable that my son was gunned down in broad daylight," Milledge said.
But Nikkita's family isn't grieving alone in what has been a deadly year in the Circle City.
On December 1, officers found 31-year-old Justin Massey shot to death after a violent carjacking on North LaSalle Street. Twelve days later, officers rushed to 46th and Arlington, where they found 23-year-old Michael Boyd shot to death. On December 15, someone shot and killed Dajon Parson on Lake Terrace Drive in northeast Indianapolis.
Milledge hopes her son's death will serve as a learning tool for other families in Indianapolis.
"I did everything to keep him busy, but it was not enough, so we all need to take a stand, as mothers who have lost children," Milledge said.
She told Eyewitness News her son has managed to stay out of trouble for the past two years. She kept him busy during that time by enrolling him in different community sports programs in both Indianapolis and Fishers. The 15-year-old was currently being home schooled through a program at Pike High School.
She stressed none of his problems would amount to anything which would result in someone wanting to do him harm or cause death.
Anyone with information about Warren's murder or any other unsolved homicides can call the Crime Stoppers hotline anonymously at 317-262-TIPS. Crime Stoppers typically pays $1,000 for the tip that leads to an arrest in homicide cases. No callers to the tip line have ever been identified and remain anonymous.
Donations to help Warren's family cover funeral costs can be made to Lavenia and Summers Funeral Home on East 38th Street.