INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Community leaders gathered Thursday to celebrate one year since the last homicide in Butler-Tarkington.
They also spoke about the need to solve the murders that happened before the safe trend began.
“He was murdered on Oct. 28 in broad daylight,” Greg Wilson, Sr. said.
He lost his son, Greg Wilson Jr., to violence nearly a year ago.
“He left behind children, he was running a business, he was a good young man doing great things in the community,” he said.
Wilson Jr. was raised in Butler-Tarkington and died in nearby Crown Hill. But both neighborhoods are much safer places this year.
“Just south of us in the Crown Hill area, they’re at 341 days without a homicide,” Reverend Charles Harrison said.
Wilson Sr. went to the community celebration Thursday in Butler-Tarkington, but brought with him a heavy heart.
“It’s hard to be in a really celebratory mood,” he said, “All these murderers have to be caught and have to be put in jail.”
Amid the celebration, the community leaders made note of the lives lost and the cases that go unsolved.
“Families don’t have closure and that’s what hurts that people who are cowards have gotten away with it,” Butler-Tarkington resident Ted Feeney said.
Pastor Charles Ellis said there is more work to do. Others hope that loved ones won’t face the same heartache.
“I don’t want anyone else to lose a loved one, that’s important,” Wilson Sr. said.
Wilson has hope that while the safety continues, so will detective work and community cooperation.
“You have to have the belief that at some point there’ll be a break, there’ll be someone who comes forward or some evidence found, that will put these killers, bring them to justice,” Wilson said.
If you have information about those cases, you’re asked to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.