Arrest made in Hawthorne Place murder

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Sources tell Fox59 News that an arrest has been made in the murder of an east side teenager at an apartment complex playground on July 8.

James Johnson, 16, was shot to death after being lured from his home in the Hawthorne Place Apartments.

Over the past weekend, investigators were able to speak with witnesses to the killing.

Sources indicate that a teenager, already in custody on another charge, is being held at the Marion County Juvenile Center for Johnson’s murder.

The killing of the boy led to fears of retaliation at the apartment complex in the 3300 block of North Emerson Avenue.

Members of the Ten Point Coalition walked that community on the day of the murder and have again on several other occasions, once in the company of City-County Councilman Leroy Robinson, to address concerns of the neighbors.

A shrine of teddy bears, flowers and cards marks the spot where Johnson fell.

Johnson was one of three teens to die of gunshot wounds in Indianapolis this month.

On July 4, minutes after the conclusion of the downtown fireworks celebration, Monquize Edwards, 16, was shot to death, according to police, by a rival gang member in the shadow of Circle Centre.

Eron Bonner, 18, was arrested after his image was spotted on surveillance photographs.

Four days, later Johnson was killed.

This past Sunday, at 3 a.m., Darnell Franklin, 17, died of an unintentional gunshot wound in the front seat of an SUV in the underground parking garage at the JW Marriott Hotel downtown.

Investigators said Franklin’s 17-year-old friend mishandled a gun inside the vehicle and fired the fatal shot.

Three guns were discovered among the six young people in the vehicle.

The friend has been charged with reckless homicide and will be the focus of a waiver hearing in juvenile court to determine if he should be tried as an adult.

Indianapolis’ 2013 homicide rate is up nearly 50 percent compared to a year ago.

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