Indy faith-based group leader calls teen-on-teen violence an epidemic

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 8, 2014) — Teen on teen violence is becoming an all too common problem in the city.

Police recently took in to custody three teens for their alleged involvement in two separate killings. Area faith based groups are calling for an end to it. In fact, the problem of teen on teen violence has become such a problem that the reverend of a local church calls it an epidemic.

An example of the epidemic is a shooting that happened on Graydon St. back on January 2. A police report identifies two teens, 15 and 17, as being charged with murder in connection with the death of Tyrell Alford, 16, on Graydon St. Just after midnight that night, police and medics were called to the 2500 block of Graydon Street and found Alford lying dead in the street. The police report also names Tomecka Carpenter, charged with assisting a criminal.

Move ahead a month and to the 10000 block of John Marshall Drive. That’s where police found a man shot in the chest, and sources tell FOX59 a teen was arrested in this killing.

Pastor Malachi Walker, founder of Young Men Inc., calls the issue of teen on teen violence an epidemic.

“They’re going out and committing crimes, and when one kid sees a crime done, and they think that’s cool, and then another kid will pick up that same crime,” said Pastor Walker.

He hosted a vigil for teens Friday night, after a 13 year old boy was shot at a house party on the west side last weekend. Rayshonda Jackson was at that party, and says the last week has been tough.

“I was just thinking about how I had to experience and see stuff I’ve never seen before, and, I don’t know, I just don’t ever want to go to a party again,” Jackson said.

Meantime, Reverend Walker hopes the empowerment group for young men that he started 20 years ago can help get them on the right track.

“I really believe we do a good job, and we’re gonna continue to do that and we just want to reach out to our boys and just help them as much as we can.”

Regarding the shooting of the 13 year old at the west side house party last weekend, police are searching for those involved. Call the crime stoppers number if you have information that can help solve it.