Friends of slain gas station clerk plan fundraisers

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Friends living in the neighborhood of the gas station where a clerk was shot and killed last week say they won’t stop their fight for answers.

Police are looking for whoever shot 45-year-old Harry Briggs in the head. Surveillance video then captured the shooter skipping away from the scene.

The owners of the gas station are now offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.

Those living in the neighborhood are also pushing for answers and organizing fundraisers to help Briggs’ family.

“I know exactly how it feels to get woken up in the middle of the night to a phone call saying your loved one’s gone,” said Daisy Merrick.

It was two and a half years ago when Daisy Merrick’s brother was murdered. When her friend Harry Briggs was shot and killed, the emotions of loss became all too real again.

“I saw my mother going through so much turmoil, then with that loss, I feel like Harry’s mother is going through the same thing I had to watch my mother go through,” Merrick said.

She and an employee from the gas station at Troy Drive and Lynhurst Avenue decided to put on a yard sale to raise money for Briggs’ family. Before they knew it, the concept took off on Facebook with people posting and calling saying they’d love to help. Some people have already dropped of donations.

“That just shows how many people went in there and Harry talked to. He impacted their life,” said Merrick.

Merrick says the neighborhood won’t stop talking about Briggs, hoping to help police receive other tips and leads in the case.

“I hope he knows all the people he hurt. He hurt the neighborhood, he hurt the friends, the people that go in there every morning and look for Harry’s face,” said Merrick.

The yard sale is set for June 28 and June 29.

The 29th would have been Harry Briggs’ 46th birthday.

His friends set up a Facebook page called “Prayers for Harry Briggs” with more information. Click here to see that.

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