Victim of carjacking was on his way to church

George Porter with his wife Bettye (Provided Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The family of an Indianapolis man said he was on his way to church when carjacking suspects crashed into his car, killing him.

It happened at the intersection of 16th Street and East Riverside Drive Sunday morning.

About 90 minutes earlier, police say 19-year-old Troy Scott pulled a gun on a man in the 3500 block of North Dukane Way. Police say he stole the victim’s car that would eventually crash into 79-year-old George Porter.

“Well I was up all night. It was just like a living nightmare,” said his son Jeffery Porter. “Like I’m in a daze, in a cloud.”

His father, George Porter, was on his way to Saints Peter and Paul Church for mass. It was a trip he normally took with his wife, but she wasn’t feeling well.

“He didn’t want to be late so he told [me], ‘You can go next time,'” he said.

But there won’t be a next time for Porter. His trip and life were cut short at the intersection of 16th Street and East Riverside Drive.

Shattered reminders of what happened there remained scattered across the sidewalk, a place Jeffery can’t bear to see in person.

“For what? Not going to bring him back. Don’t need to go. And I’ll avoid that area forever,” he said.

But one thing he won’t avoid is taking care of his widowed mother, Bettye Porter, a diabetic who needs help with her medicine.

“When to give her her medicine, how to do the blood sugar and everything,” he explained.

It’s a responsibility Jeffery said his father accepted without hesitation and one he’ll carry on.

“He ain’t got to worry about me taking care of mom because I ain’t going to never leave her out of my sight,” he said.

Police aren’t releasing Scott’s mug shot yet because there are several on-going investigations. Scott faces a preliminary charge of robbery, but police said it’s likely more will follow because of the fatal crash.

Two other people were in the car with Scott during the crash and police said it’s likely they’ll face charges, too. 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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