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15-year-old boy killed in shooting near 42nd Street and Mitthoeffer Road

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Posted at 10:15 PM, Jun 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-17 00:23:19-04

INDIANAPOLIS — A 15-year-old boy is dead after a shooting Tuesday evening on the northeast side of Indianapolis, according to police.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers were called around 8:30 p.m. to the 9800 block of Ellis Drive, near East 42nd Street and North Mitthoeffer Road on the report of a person shot.

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When officers arrived, they found the boy, identified as Keleante Brewer, with at least one apparent gunshot wound, according to IMPD and the Marion County Coroner's Office. He was found in critical condition and later died.

According to a Facebook post on Wednesday evening from the James and Rosemary Phalen Leadership Academy, Brewer was a student at the academy.

"We love our scholars here, and we are all grieving this loss - not just the loss for our school family, but the loss of who Keleante could have become," the post read. "We work every day in our schools to shield our scholars and to prepare them for life - we should never have to prepare them for this. We will continue to work to protect and improve the lives of our scholars. We also continue to call for action from the city and other leaders in preventing this senseless violence."

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Additional details surrounding the ongoing investigation haven't been released.

The following statement is from Indianapolis City-County Councilor La Keisha Jackson:

"Along with all my Far Eastside neighbors, I am heartbroken that another young life was lost to gun violence in our community last night. I grieve for Keleante Brewer's family and every family that has been impacted by the senseless violence we are witnessing. They are constantly in my prayers. I continue to urge my neighbors who have seen something to say something, about this incident or any others. Call Crimestoppers at 317-263-8477 or go to www. crimetips.org. Reach out to a pastor or trusted advisor. Whatever you do, don't be silent."

Anyone with information is asked to call police Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-TIPS (8477).

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WRTV Photographer Dave Marren contributed to this report.