INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — An Indianapolis teen who was reported missing for the last week was found murdered inside a vacant apartment on the city’s northeast side.
The gruesome discovery took place near 42nd Street and Post Road, an area that has become a hot spot for violence this month.
A tip to the Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition led police to the apartment complex Thursday night, where they found the frozen body of a 19-year-old young man whose mother came to the scene to help identify the victim.
“They showed me pictures of his tattoos and I knew it was him,” said an emotional Cathy Mann.
Cathy says she spent all week looking for her missing son, Trevon Mann, while also receiving some disturbing threats.
“People were calling talking about if I wanted to see him again to pay them $500,” said Mann.
The same apartment complex was the site of a fatal shooting earlier this week. On Monday night, officers were called to the 4100 block of N. Brentwood Avenue, where they found a 26-year-old man shot to death inside a car. Another person was wounded in that shooting.
On Monday night, 26-year-old Derick Daniels was shot to death. In the daylight it’s easy to see lots of broken windows, boarded up doors and vacant units marked with an “X.” Nearly half the units in the complex appear to be abandoned.
“There doesn’t seem to be any monitoring of criminal activity. There is open drug trafficking. It is a breeding ground for all kinds of criminal activity,” said Rev. Charles Harrison with the Ten Point Coalition.
This year, four of the city’s nine criminal homicides have come within a mile radius of the scene at 42nd and Post. This month, the Ten Point Coalition expanded patrols to that area, but already know their hands are tied without more help from the city.
“We’re not going to be able to deal with the violence problem in that part of the city if there’s no accountability with these apartment complexes and management,” said Harrison. “There has to be accountability. The City has to hold them accountable.”
While it’s not clear why Mann was murdered, Cathy admits her son ran with a bad crowd, but says he tried to turn his life around after the birth of his son.
“My son went down the wrong path, but once the baby got here he promised to his son to be the father that he never had,” said Mann. “He was caring and he didn’t deserve to die.”
So far no arrests have been made in either homicide this week. Anyone with information on either case is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.