By Megan Trent
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (October 13, 2014) – The family of a man killed in a shooting on the city’s east side last week is speaking out to FOX59 about his death and pleading for people to step forward with information about the person or people responsible.
Dominic Amey Jr., a father of three young children, celebrated his 23rd birthday on Oct. 3. On Wednesday, Oct. 8, Indianapolis police found his body behind a vacant home at 3365 N. Wallace Ave. near East 34th Street. Amey had been shot multiple times.
Inside, police also found the body of a second man, Eric Mathis, 32. Homicide detectives say Mathis was killed earlier, and it isn’t yet clear if the deaths are connected.
Jacquelyn Beasley, Amey’s mother, says her son had lots of friends but no enemies.
“He just chose the wrong friends, the wrong crowd. As a result. I no longer have my son,” Beasley told FOX59 as she pored over pictures of Amey. The family affectionately called him “Doodie Man.”
The last time the family saw Amey, she says, was the day before his birthday. Beasley says her 24-year-old daughter, Damicka Beasley, spoke to him on the phone that morning. Amey claimed he had been shot at, but was OK. His sister came to pick him up from his home at 19th and Wallace Avenue so he could spend the day with his family.
“The bus came at 8:30 at Lafayette Square Mall, where I dropped my son off at. He said, ‘I love you, Mama,'” recalls Jacqueline Beasley. That was the last time she would ever see her son alive.
They spoke to him again the evening of Oct. 7. Amey was supposed to come to his mother’s home the next day to get his 6-year-old daughter on the bus, but he never showed up. Police say he was shot around 9:30 a.m. that morning.
“My brother was a father. He was a brother. He was a son. He was a grandson,” says Damicka Beasley. “He had kids, and my brother didn’t deserve to die the way that he died.”
The family is asking for anyone with information to contact police or reach out to the family.
“We want justice, answers and healing all in one,” says Amey’s mother.
To pay for the funeral, the family also made buttons with Amey’s picture. Those buttons will still be available Tuesday at a prayer vigil being planned in Amey’s honor. The family says it is also an opportunity to remember other victims of gun violence.
“Come show that Dominic was loved. He was not a bad guy. He was not a bad kid. He was just misunderstood and hanging with the wrong crowd,” his mother says.
The vigil is being held Tuesday, Oct. 14 from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. at God’s Grace Community Church in Indianapolis. It is located at 3642 N. Emerson Ave. Afterwards, the family will go to the Wallace Avenue home where Amey’s body was found, hoping someone will come to them with information about his death.
“If you know anything, please speak up and let us know,” pleads his mother, who one day soon, would like to start a charitable organization with other Indianapolis mothers impacted by gun violence.