Indianapolis mother returns to crime scene to remember son shot and killed

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – An Indianapolis woman returned to the place where her son was shot and killed for the first time in more than three years.

It happened in the 4900 block of Brock Street near Georgetown Road.

Surrounded by more than 40 close family and friends, Brenda Hutson said the journey to return has been difficult.

“It was something that I had to do. I refuse to allow a building, a property, an item if you would, to consume me the way it was,” said Hutson.

Those who knew her son came together holding hands, remember his life, and praying for the violence to stop.

“They don’t know how hard it is. I lost a son so I’m speaking for my own self too,” said one father. “We have lost so many and we need to let the city and others know that we need resources and help so we can stop losing our young men.”

Hutson said she thinks about her son every single day. She is not giving up the fight for justice.

Police have yet to make an arrest in the homicide case.

“I have hope and I have faith that we would come to some end whether it’s five, 10, 15 years,” she said.

Hearing about the recent shootings across Indianapolis, Hutson said she can’t help but to think about the families left behind.

“I hate for the other families as I hear them daily of the murders that are going on because I remember when I got my call,” she said.

Hutson said she attends every vigil and march to support other families who have lost a loved one to gun violence.

DeAndra Yates came out Tuesday night to show her support. Her son was shot while attending a birthday party. Police said the bullet was intended for someone else.

“Their lives have been so greatly changed as you know my son is a quadriplegic he’s non- verbal,” said Yates.

Yates is in the process of starting a foundation called Purpose For My Pain to help families of survivors and victims.

“Every time we meet like this it’s so heartbreaking that we have to come together and celebrate another life that was taken way too soon,” said Yates. “Purpose For My Pain is to try to instill that hope that we don’t have to continue to meet like this.”

The Indy Ten Point Coalition is also starting a support group for families of gun violence.

The first meeting will be held at 25th Street Baptist Church on Monday at 6:30 p.m.

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