Indianapolis teens shot and killed remembered through candlelight vigil

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By Eric Levy

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 22, 2014) -- The family of one of the two teens gunned down at an east side apartment Thursday is speaking out about their loved one's killing.

Robert Young, 18, and a friend were shot in the parking lot of Briergate Apartments off Post Road near 30th Street. Both of them were pronounced dead, and the search is on for the killer.

The degree of pain that Young's mother and grandmother are feeling is beyond measurement, but they are hopeful that the teen's killer is found.

"He didn't deserve for them to take his shoes, he didn't deserve to be laid out there on the cold concrete without his clothes. He didn't deserve that," said Roberta Johnson, Young's grandmother.

The crowd of people who came to the candlelight vigil for Robert Young and his friend swelled quickly. Each one is feeling a void.

Young's mother, Keisha, spent Saturday arranging the burial for her son.

"My son was an awesome son, he was an awesome brother," said Keisha, Young's mother. "He was going to own his own business in landscaping. That was his plan."

Young and his friend were shot and killed in the spot where the vigil was held. Neighbors say they remember hearing a number of gunshots. One of the teens was found in a car, the other on the ground. Police haven't said what led up to the shooting.

"If they wanted to take everything he had, they didn't have to kill him. They just didn't have to do it," Johnson said.

No matter what the motive was, it has devastated Young's family. It's left his grandmother shaking her head.

"I don't think God meant for him to leave this early, and I pray that whoever done this is held responsible," Johnson said.

Police haven't arrested anyone involved in this shooting, and will talk to anyone who knows something about this. You can call the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department or remain anonymous by going through Central Indiana Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477).