A reward for catching the killer of a 12-year-old boy who died in his twin brother’s arms has doubled to $ 4,000.
Demetrius Townsel Jr., was shot while sitting in the backseat of a car next to his brother Darius in the town of Gary, Indiana, on Saturday night.
Shots were fired in the car where five people; Demetrius, Darius, two other youths under the age of 17 and a 21-year-old woman were seated after the group visited family members at around 9:00 PM, reported WGN-TV.
Demetrius was rushed to Methodist Hospital’s Northlake campus, 2 miles away, and his brother was forced to put pressure on the wound to try to save his life, said Andrew Holmes, a community activist.
Demetrius Townsel Jr. (photo), was shot while sitting in the backseat of a car next to his twin brother Darius in the town of Gary, Indiana, on Saturday night
A $ 2,000 reward was doubled on Wednesday after a donation was made by Chicago businessman Early Walker.
The shooter, who was on foot, was described as a black man with a thin build, dreadlocks and all-black clothing.
Townsel was pronounced dead in the hospital at 9:36 p.m., according to the Lake County coroner’s office.
“He’s the funniest guy I’ve ever known, picked everyone up, made them laugh,” Darius said at a news conference on Monday.
Gary Mayor Jerome Prince and the police promised to pressurize the investigation into Townsel’s death at a news conference on Tuesday.
“On behalf of my family and the city of Gary, our hearts and prayers go out to Demetrius’s family and I wanted to make it clear that as Mayor of the City of Gary, I have dedicated our public security officers to expand all of our resources and all the resources needed to tackle this problem, get to the bottom of it and find the culprit of this crime, “he said.
“We currently believe that nobody in the car was a target and that it was a random shooting in the car,” said Hamady.
Shots were fired in the car where five people; Demetrius, Darius (pictured together), two other young people and a 21-year-old woman were seated after the group visited family members
A Gary police officer saw the driver and escorted the vehicle to the hospital, where the police were dispatched at around 9:00 PM.
At the Tuesday press conference, Gary Police Chief Richard Ligon asked residents for help in solving the crime.
“What I would like to do is remember the years, I was born and raised in Gary, I love my city and I will continue to fight,” said Ligon.
There have been 21 murders in Gary so far this year, all but one related to gun crime.
Catherine Brown, the boy’s mother, said that her son wanted to become a basketball player and be a good boy.
“Please report yourself. I’m going home empty. I miss his smile. I miss him, “she said.
Demetrius’ stepfather Lenearl Lightfoot was a victim of gun violence at the same age, saying it “makes me more determined to find out who did this to him.”
He added, “The first time I was shot, I was 12 years old. It is unfortunate that such a thing would happen to a 12-year-old child. ‘
A large group of family members came together on Monday to mourn the death of Demetrius.
“She wanted to go home with her son (from the hospital), but was only given a pair of shoes and some clothes instead,” community activist Andrew Holmes said of the boy’s mother.
The police have not disclosed whether someone has been detained.