New Boy giving local teens hope

(Photo Provided/Murray family)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – On Wednesday, homicide detectives were called to the 4400 block of Park Forest Court.

Once there, detectives discovered the body of a teenage boy. The Marion County coroner identified the body as 16-year-old Jaylan Murray, of Indianapolis.

Police have released very little details on the investigation.

24-Hour News 8 has learned that Murray attended Arlington Community High School. While there he played football for the high school. IPS school district released a brief statement on Murray on Thursday afternoon.

We are saddened to learn of the death of the Arlington Community High School student who was killed in a shooting Wednesday afternoon. As our students, staff and families cope with this sudden loss, we will have support services available to help the Arlington community through this challenging time.

As police continue to investigate this tragedy, we ask now for consideration of the Knights’ healing process

Through the years Murray participated in a mentoring program called New Boy, or New Breed of Youth. The group serves underprivileged communities and teenagers through youth programs.

Some of the teens are on probation or have been arrested for previous crimes.

“We got to come down to their level we have to make a conscious effort in our mentoring programs to come down to their level,” said New Boy Director, Kareem Hines. “We take off the suits and ties, and we put on Timberlands and jeans and a sweater. We dress just like them.”

In addition to New Boy, the group has developed a group called Inner Beauty. The program is designed to help teen girls with self-esteem, mentoring, and physical fitness.

Each Wednesday New Boy meets at Indianapolis Metropolitan High School for sessions open to to teenagers from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

An annual $25 registration fee is included for the yearlong session; however, Hines adds if your son or daughter needs help just show up to the session.

He doesn’t want money to be an issue.

If you would like to learn more about New Boy or Inner Beauty program call 317-672-7525. You can also find the group’s website by clicking here.

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