10-year-old’s murder leaves police and community searching for answers

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sept. 21, 2015) - Hours before a bullet ended 10-year-old DeShaun Swanson's life, he watched his older brother play football and talked with his coach. Later that night, coach Darryl Smith, heard gunshots at his home on the north side.

Swanson was killed in a drive-by shooting on Saturday around 8:30 p.m. Three others were shot, including a 16 year old and two men, ages 46 and 47. Police have not made any arrests and investigators are still searching for any information that could lead them to the shooter.

Family members say the boy and his mother were visiting a home in the 3900 block of Graceland Avenue when someone opened fire. Police are trying to figure out why certain individuals appear to have been targeted. Detectives are also looking into other recent shootings in the area to see if any of those incidents could be connected.

"I just don’t understand how someone can just do that? I just don’t understand it and it’s just scary because we don’t know if they’ll go and do it again or I don’t even know if they care about what they’ve done," said Tasha Morris, the boy's aunt.

DeShaun loved football and practiced with City Youth Football League. Coaches are devastated by the loss and the thought of explaining the death to his young teammates.

"Littlest guy, biggest heart that's what I remember about him the most," said Smith.

The league works to create a positive influence for kids in an effort to keep them away from crime.

"It's definitely disheartening, definitely disheartening and it just, it's why we're so passionate about trying to get these kids to change the direction around earlier than later. I mean if you get them earlier maybe you have less and less going toward that way, maybe we have one less shooter on the street," said Smith.

A donation account to cover funeral expenses has been set up at J.P. Morgan Chase under the name DeShaun Swanson.

The MSD of Warren Township released the following statement late Monday:

The entire Warren Township school district family mourns with the family of young DeShaun Swanson, a fifth grader a Stonybrook Intermediate Academy. It is in times like these that we pause, reflect, and recommit ourselves to the safety and security of the most vulnerable among us, our young people. We extend our heartfelt prayers of comfort and consolation to this family during this challenging time.



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