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Vigil held for three teens struck and killed in Indianapolis

Posted at 5:20 PM, May 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-26 13:09:11-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Family members spoke at a vigil Monday morning held for three teens after they were struck and killed by a car Saturday in Indianapolis.

The teens were stuck in killed near West Kessler Boulevard North Drive at Nobscot Drive.

The three teens were identified as Kierra Brown, 15, Tyjiana Velez, 13, and David Evans, 13, by Marion County Chief Deputy Coroner Alfie McGinty.

Three drivers were involved in a crash, lost control, and one driver struck the teens, according to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

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"I wouldn't have thought in a million years that my daughter would be taken away from me," Kashonna Brown, Kierra's mother, said.

The teens were walking a friend home and wanted to make sure the friend made it back home safely, according to their families.

"It's not safe," Kashonna said. "These babies were just walking, minding their business, having fun like teenagers do and their life was just taken in a split second."

Balloons were released in memory of the teens as music filled the air on Memorial Day at a vigil at the church near where the incident happened.

"Her teacher called me a day before and said she passed and was able to go to the next school, but my baby won't be attending that school because she isn't here anymore," Lashanna Martin, Tyjiana's mother said.

These parents, and the pastor of the nearby church, are pushing for sidewalks in the area to help make sure others are kept safe.

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David's mother, Joy Jackson, said her son died being the man they raised him to be.

"We taught him how to care for others and treat women at an early age... and he died being the young man we raised him to be... a protector," Jackson said. "We're going to miss him every day, but I'm proud he was my son."