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Vigil held for murdered Warren Central High School student

Posted at 8:50 PM, May 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-09 00:06:12-04

INDIANAPOLIS – The Warren Central High School community continues to grieve after three of the school’s students were involved in a shooting early Sunday morning that left one person dead and two injured.

Angel Mejia-Alfaro, 17, was pronounced dead at the scene near 38th Street and Moller Road. Darius Moore, 19, and Dijon Anderson, 18, were seriously wounded and taken to nearby hospitals.

A vigil for Mejia-Alfaro was held Monday evening where friends and classmates addressed the gun violence in the city.

“Just talk it out,” said classmate Eric Byrd. “There's no need for violence to be in this situation. Talking would be better than fighting and you know pulling a gun out.”

Many people in the community said Anderson previously accepted a scholarship to attend Southern Illinois University.

"He has responded with squeezing his mother's hand,” said Todd Stopp, who served as Anderson’s seventh grade football coach. “Some of his teammates were able to see him at the hospital and he did the same to them. I haven't spoken to his mom, but I've heard through other people that he was alert last night and this morning.”

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Titus McCoy, who was one of Anderson’s teammates in the seventh grade, believes his friend will recover.

"He is relentless. Anything he does, video games whatever - he wanted to win. No matter what he will fight back and bounce back,” he said.

Indianapolis police have not located any suspects in the shooting, but Rev. Malachi Walker wants the shooter to come forward.

"You're not going to get away with it,” he said. “You can hide a little bit, but you going to be found. Why don't you just turn yourself in because you're going to be found. Just end this right now."

Two more teens were shot Sunday at an apartment complex near 42nd Street and Mitthoeffer Road leaving both in critical condition. Police did not release any information on potential suspects.


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