Teen fatally shot on east side remembered for helping others

Harry Taliefer (Family photo)
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - The family of a 13-year-old Indianapolis boy shot and killed is sharing video of the teenager recorded days before his death.

Harry Taliefer's family said the cell phone video shows just how much he believed in helping others. The video is from the area of 21st and Arlington, where there is a reminder of Harry's untimely death.

Family and friends dedicated a curbside memorial to Taliefer where he fell after being hit by gunfire last week. Video from a few days prior to the shooting shows him helping someone during that previous disturbance.

In the video, you can see the 13-year-old in the crowd, looking somewhat out of place. It's the last recording his family has of him.

Taliefer's uncle, Jay Thomas, doesn't want his nephew's death to be in vain nor leave people with the wrong impression about the teen.

"He felt like he was out there protecting his loved ones, brother and sisters involved in this confrontation," Thomas said.

Days after that video was recorded, police rushed to the scene near 21st and Arlington, where the 13-year-old died after someone opened fire into a crowd of kids.

Eventually, 33-year-old Shantell Taylor surrendered to Metro Police homicide detectives, reportedly owning up to being the shooter. She is now charged with one count of murder.


The memorial dedicated to Harry includes a football inscribed with one of Taliefer's nicknames: "Man Man, gone too soon."

"He played on O-line and D-line and Harry thought he should be a quarterback. He just didn't have those skills," Thomas said.

Part of the ministry at New Direction Church on East 38th Street focuses on young people. Pastor Ken Sullivan Jr. will do the eulogy at Harry's funeral hoping to heal others with hope.

"I just want to comfort the family and speak to others about our need to love one another, to resolve conflict the right way," the pastor said.

Funeral arrangements for Harry Taliefer are as follows:

New Direction Church, 5330 E. 38th Street, Indianapolis

Saturday July 21
Viewing: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Service at 11:00 a.m.

Internment: Washington Park North Cemetery, 2702 Kessler Blvd W Dr., Indianapolis