Vigil held for gas station clerk who was shot in head

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – On Friday evening, friends and family held a private vigil for the gas station clerk who was shot in the head during an armed robbery on the city’s southwest side Wednesday night.

Friends said it was a time to say their goodbyes to the 45-year-old victim, Harry Briggs. His family has flown in from out of state to be with him, as well.

Briggs was in what was described as “grave” condition on Friday.

Shortly after the service at Eskenazi Hospital, friends posted a picture to Facebook of Briggs’ organ donation plaque.

Briggs is described as selfless, kind and considerate. He was a man with a big heart, who loved baseball and football, a man who would give a stranger his last dollar if need be.

“It’s so surreal. When you find out it’s someone you know, and you loved, it’s just heartbreaking,” said friend Amelia Pitcock. “My heart goes out to his family, to all the other families that suffer and lose loved ones.”

“I hope somebody knows this person, and will turn them in, and give this family justice. This is senseless,” said friend Rhonda Davidson.

Perry Tole, who’s sister-in-law was shot while working at a gas station, says he won’t stop his push for more measures to keep convenience store workers safe.

“This is something that was totally preventable,” said Tole. “We are not going to stop talking about it, we are not going to stop bringing it to the public’s attention.”

The gas station where Briggs was shot, on the 5200 block of Troy Avenue, was closed during the memorial service Friday evening. A car that had sat at the gas station since the shooting is now covered in teddy bears and messages. Handwritten notes are written on a painting that also sits outside the gas station.

Police are looking for leads as they search for the suspect in this case, who skipped away from the gas station after the shooting.

If you have any information on this crime, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.

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