Indianapolis Metro Police were out in force with extra officers on targeted patrols as tens of thousands of people celebrated the holiday downtown Thursday. Despite the extra police presence, violence broke out and a young life was taken.
An Indianapolis mother is grieving the loss of her 16-year-old son and pleading with the community to help catch his killer.
Monquize Edwards was found shot near Meridian and Maryland Streets at about 11:30 p.m. Thursday night.
Fox59 News learned that Edwards was watching the fireworks downtown on top of a parking garage along Delaware Street.
When the fireworks were over, Edwards started walking South towards Meridian and Maryland. That’s when a fight broke out. The fight ended in gun fire and Edwards was hit.
police nearby responded to the scene, but the gunman took off. Edwards was transported to Wishard Hospital where he later died.
We’re told the shooting may have been gang related.
Penika Edwards, the victim’s mother, is urging the public for help.
“A big chunk of my life is missing. He wasn’t only my child, he was my friend. If you know anything about it, please call and tell police. Crime Stoppers is waiting on your call.”
If you know anything, you can call CrimeStoppers anonymously at 317-262-TIPS.
Edwards was found near Maryland and Meridian, about a block away from where shots rang out three years ago during Indiana Black Expo’s Summer Celebration.
Reverend Charles Harrison with the 10 Point Coalition said they are working hard to discourage retaliation for Edward’s death and to calm things down before this year’s celebration kicks off on July 11.