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IMPD seeking help in homicide investigation of 15-year-old Arsenal Tech student

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department are seeking help in the investigation of the recent homicide of 15-year-old Derrick Houston Jr., the Arsenal Tech student killed on April 20.

Around 6:40 a.m. Thursday, April 20, officers were sent to the intersection of North Brentwood Avenue and Breen Drive on report of a person shot, and police located Houston. He was taken to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.

“We haven’t made an arrest to date in this case and that is certainly frustrating when we have a 15-year-old that’s a victim of gun violence,” said Officer William Young, public information officer with the IMPD.

Police say there is no indication why this Arsenal Tech student was out in this far east side neighborhood before 6:40 in the morning. Neighbors say they did not know the teen.

“To my knowledge no type of party or disturbance for that matter,” said Young. “Like I said our officers were dispatched there in regards to a person shot and we believe there could be someone who may have seen something may have heard something.”

Neighbors say they were disappointed this happened in their neighborhood and are sad for the teen. Two neighbors close to the scene say they did not hear anything prior to police arriving.

“If you live in that particular area, saw a suspicious vehicle on that day or maybe the night before, or if you’ve heard or gathered information that you think may or may not be of importance to our detectives, that information is always important,” said Young.

IMPD says the teen was not known to be affiliated with any violent groups.

“I don’t believe this man was involved in any types of ‘beefs’ or what not so it’s so important that we figure out who is responsible for this,” said Young.

Since homicide detectives began the investigation, no arrests have been made and police are asking for anyone with information to contact Detective Ryan Clark at the IMPD Homicide Office at 317-327-3475 or send him an email at Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477.

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