INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Indianapolis Metro Police have increased patrols around the city to try to curb the recent violence.
The community is also came together with a Stop the Violence rally Thursday. Inside the Boys and Girls Club children and adults gathered for the rally. Organizers provided free food, entertainment, and gift cards.
LaNatta Means held a photo of her murdered nephew Lorenzo Clark as she walked inside the Wheeler- Dowe Boys and Girls Club for the rally.
“I want answers, we deserve answers,” said Means. “I’m hurting, my heart hurts every day when I hear about murder in the streets.”
According to police, Clark was shot and killed in the 2400 block of Stuart Street. Police are still actively take tips in the investigators.
Means is frustrated that Clark’s murder hasn’t been solved. She also expressed disappointment that IMPD didn’t roll out a mobile command unit to investigate his death. That statement comes days after police set up a mobile command unit to investigate the murder of Nathan Trapuzzano, who was killed by thieves while going for a morning walk along West 16th street.
“I don’t know what it’s going to take to stop it, I want to put a stop to some of it,” said James Dynamite Black, founder of Stop the Violence in the Streets.
So far this year, Indianapolis Metro Police report 39 homicides.
In comparison, at this time in 2013, they reported 31 homicides.
From Sunday through Wednesday of this week, six people were shot and killed.
The first was Sunday afternoon when a man was killed in an east side clothing store during what police say was an attempted robbery.
Later that day, three people were killed at an apartment near 21st Street and Post Road.
Then Tuesday morning, new husband and expectant father Nathan Trapuzzano was killed walking on West 16th Street near his home.
And on Thursday, IMPD found the body of a man outside an apartment building just off East Washington Street. He was later identified as 56-year-old Andre Brown from Indianapolis.
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said police are using more intelligence trying to get ahead of these crimes to stop them before they happen.
“This is not going to be solved overnight,” he said. “This has been a generation or two in the making. It’s going to take some work. This is a longer-term issue than people realize.”
Police are actively taking tips in the murders of Nathan Trapuzzano and Lorenzo Clark. If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers of Indiana at 317-262-TIPS (8477).