City’s growing murder rate hits Ballard administration

(Photo Provided/Wilson family)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The reality of gun violence in this city has now hit the mayor’s office.

Greg Wilson, Jr., who was killed on Thursday, is the son of the man who leads Mayor Greg Ballard’s Office of Minority and Women Business Development.

“What do you say when they tell you that your son is dead? That he died?” asked Greg Wilson, Sr., rhetorically at a prayer vigil for his son. “When does it become okay that we allow people to take lives in our neighborhood?”

The shooting was in the middle of the afternoon near the intersection of 30th Street and Capitol Avenue.

“I’m devastated. I’m heartbroken. You lose your loved one, your child. Just think about it. Your child is not coming back home, he’s not coming to any more dinners. He’s not going anywhere anymore,” said Wilson, in front of a crowd of nearly 100, just steps away from where his son was murdered.

In addition to his official duties with the Ballard admininistration, Wilson also is an anti-violence activist.

Over 100 people have now been killed by gun violence this year in the city.

But Mayor Greg Ballard said this one hit home.

“If you don’t have a collective effort we’re not going to take this (the city) back,” said Mayor Ballard.

And even with his heart hurting, Wilson says his son’s death will motivate him to try to put a stop to this violence.

“I want to represent my son and his voice, and that means to go out and help others who are in need, and let people know this violence has to stop,” he said.

No one has been arrested for Wilson’s murder. If you know anything you’re asked to call Crime Stoppers at (317)-262-TIPS.

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