Mother of homicide victim says her son was a good man

Terrace Holmes (Provided Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – An Indianapolis mother is pleading for the people responsible for killing her son to turn themselves in.

Terrace Holmes, 23, was shot and killed Friday night on Indianapolis’ east side. His mother told 24-Hour News 8 why Terrace wasn’t just another homicide victim.

“He was a good father; a good son,” said Jacklyn Holmes.

Holmes talked about her youngest son Terrace, and the love he had for his children.

“When I received the phone call I was just about to lay down and my daughter-in-law called screaming and crying saying that my son had just been shot,” she said.

Metro police said they responded to several 911 calls of shots fired just before 10 p.m. near Denny and New York streets. When officers arrived on the scene, they found Terrace and another man shot, but a short distance away officers found two more people with gunshot wounds. Police said Terrace died at the scene.

“Something really needs to be done to try to calm all this violence down,” Jacklyn said.

Investigators said the shooting wasn’t random and stemmed from an on-going dispute.

Jacklyn said her son worked during the day and went to school at night to take care of his family.

“My son wasn’t a saint, but he did have a good heart,” she said.

Terrace leaves behind two daughters–a 4-year-old and 1-year-old. The girls’ mother said telling them he’s gone will be the hardest thing she will have to do.

“I don’t know how I’m going to tell them or anything. This is something you shouldn’t have to tell a 4-year-old old or 1-year-old that their dad is not going to be in their lives anymore,” said Katelinn Collins.

Jacklyn said her three other children will comfort her this Mother’s Day, but it won’t be the same.

Right now, no one is in custody. Police said they recovered two weapons from the crime scene and are processing them. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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