INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The son of a murder victim is reacting in a surprising way.
“There’s no gratification to be made. I don’t want him to be punished. I want him to learn from his mistakes,” said David Lloyd outside the house he shared with his mother.
Reanea Lloyd was killed on July 15.
A 16-year-old was arrested this morning in connection with her death. The juvenile is facing reckless homicide and possession of a firearm charges.
“Hopefully he knows he made a mistake and he just moves forward from that. That’s what I want for him, and that’s what my mother would want for him,” said Lloyd.
IMPD said Reanea Lloyd was hit by a stray bullet in the head as she stood in her kitchen
Neighbors said violence is common.
“This a bad neighborhood, they’re shooting everyday,” said a woman who didn’t want to be identified out of fear of retaliation.
“The youth now, they have no one really to look up to,” said another neighbor. “He just needed a role model or something.”
While come neighbors were surprised to hear the juvenile’s age, others aren’t.
“I don’t want to say we’re not shocked, but we’re not shocked,” said Kendee Kolp, the President and CEO of Reach for Youth, Inc.
Reach for Youth, Inc. is just two blocks from where Lloyd was killed. They’re trying to get to youth before the legal system does.
They hold Teen Court every Wednesday for non-violent offenders. If they’re successful, their juvenile record is erased. Kolp said they want to get them before it’s too late.
“It makes it a big deal to come here and have that second chance before going along in the court system.” said Kolp.
For David Lloyd, he’s taking it one day at a time.
I’m just trying to stay normal and do what I got to do,” said Lloyd.
The charges against the 16-year-old are only preliminary, and he could be moved to adult court
Lloyd is attending culinary arts school and is working everyday.
He’s planning on moving from the house.