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Grieving family expresses gratitude to IMPD

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – On Jan. 8 Amy Harwell got the news that police found her grandson’s, 24-year-old Tevon Slater, body inside an apartment complex on the 3200 block of Guilford Avenue.

Slater had been shot multiple times. Shortly after the deadly shooting, little was known about who may have been responsible for pulling the trigger.

“What happened is painful, it’s a tragedy,” said Harwell.

From the moment Harwell got the news officers, detectives and even the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Chief Rick Hite called Harwell. He even attended the funeral.

“It was just amazing to see how many officers turned out to those that called me,” said Harwell.

Over the years, Harwell has been one of the leaders on the front lines of fighting crime. Harwell is president of the Martindale-Brightwood One Voice neighborhood association. Martindale-Brightwood is in one of the city’s toughest and most challenged communities, despite that, it hasn’t stopped Harwell from speaking out against crime.

Weeks passed since Slater’s murder, then IMPD announced detectives arrested 23-year-old Stanley Jackson, and 22-year-old Devin Gilbert for the murder of Slater.

“We are doing our best to move on, this is not something you can do it takes time,” said Harwell.

Shortly after learning about the arrest, Harwell decided to do something for IMPD to show her appreciation.

Harwell and her neighbors made breakfast for East District Officers. The breakfast lasted a couple of hours after it was over Harwell summed up the breakfast in three words.

“It was wonderful, “said Harwell.

Despite making two arrest. Police have not ruled out making more arrest in Slater’s murder.

If you have any information in Slater’s murder call Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS, or 262-8477.

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