Holiday season violence leaves families grieving


INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - While many families will give thanks as part of the holiday, two families are grieving this Thanksgiving.

Eyewitness News has been tracking Indy's murder numbers and in the past 24 hours two families lost loved ones to gun violence.

The second homicide happened on Indy's far east side. The victim was visiting someone at Carriage House East Apartments. The deadly Thanksgiving eve shootings rocked both families leaving their holiday marred by violence.

One of the victims of the holiday season violence is this 16-year-old Daveion Thompson. His mother is just too devastated to go on camera is on Facebook sharing the pain.

In one Post she wrote: ‘I didn't think I could make it through this day without crying all day but God gave me the strength to pray about it’.

“We've lost a cousin, another cousin”, said Antoine Turentine, victims cousin, “It was unbelievable. Very unbelievable”.

Antoine Turentine has served as a mentor for Daveion and tried to help keep the teen on the right track. Antoine is concerned about the pain the teens mother is experience after now losing two of her three sons to gun violence.

“I thought to myself because what came to me is she lost Deonte two years ago and now two days later another son, this can't be happening”, said Turetine.

On Thanksgiving Eve Metro police responded to shots fired on the city's east side. Officers found one man injured from gunfire here at 44th & Campbell. Other Officers found the 16-year-old shot dead devastating the entire family.

Thanksgiving Eve night more deadly gunfire at Carriage House East apartments. Someone opened fire on an apartment with several people inside.

Everyone took cover. But both a 23-year-old and 24- year- old man got hit by the gunfire. A mother inside the apartment took cover and then ran upstairs to check on her daughter. When she returned downstairs she learned the 24-year-old friend did not survive.

What's supposed to be a time of celebration is anything but for the victims friends and family.

Antoine Turentine said, “For it to hit hard home once again, it's hurtful. I can't come up with the words to express the pain that we are feeling right now”.

If you have any information that could help in this case call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS. If your anonymous tip leads to an arrest in this case you will receive a cash reward of up to $1000.00. All Calls to the tip line are 100% confidential.

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