INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — “He deserved better.” That was the message Wednesday night as dozens of community members gathered to remember a young man shot and killed over the weekend.
Witnesses say 20-year-old Marquis Quinn was sitting inside a car at a block party Sunday near 25th and Hillside when someone opened fire on a crowd of hundreds of people. Marquis was shot, and he later died at the hospital.
“Knowing your child ain't never, ever coming home again. That alone is heartbreaking. It's indescribable,” his mother Carolyn Young said.
Over 50 people joined Young at the New Bridge Apartments on Wednesday. Each person released balloons or lit candles in Marquis’ honor.
“I prefer justice, not retaliation. It ain't going to solve nothing. Another homicide ain't going to solve nothing,” Young said.
Those who knew and loved him say he was innocent. His family says Marquis would’ve graduated from the job corps on Friday, and he pursued a career in the army or in welding. His instructors were at the vigil. They say seeing him cross the finish line was a proud moment.
“I just saw him last Friday. He wanted some more invitations to invite to his graduation, so he’s still in my heart graduating,” Barbara Reynolds said.
Police say the investigation into Marquis’ shooting is still ongoing. Meanwhile, his family is calling for something to change in the Circle City.
"Guns didn't kill him; people killed my son. And I say to you who's out there, if you know something, say something. I need my son’s killer brought to justice, and I want justice for my son. I don't want revenge; I want justice. I want these guns off the streets, and I’m going to tell you parents you need to get your kids!" Marquis’ father Willie Quinn said.
If you know anything about the shooting, call Crime Stoppers at 317- 262 -TIPS.