Mom: Teen charged in crime spree, Sirquain Burr, a 'sweetheart'

Additional charges expected to be filed


One of two teens who police said were involved in a crime spree that involved robberies, a fatal shooting, a chase and another shooting faces 13 charges as an adult, but his mother said he's a "sweetheart."

Sirquain Burr, 17, was charged Tuesday with murder, attempted murder, robbery, attempted robbery, auto theft and carrying a handgun without a license.

Burr and a 15-year-old boy were arrested on Feb. 13 when the younger boy crashed at 56th Street and Northfield Drive in Brownsburg at the end of a chase, police said.

Police said the crash was the final act of a day of robbing and shooting. Burr's mother, Tyease Dunn, was in court Tuesday in anticipation of a hearing that was postponed.

"He's actually a sweetheart. He's very loving and caring," Dunn said. "This is just totally not him. It's just not him."

Burr is set to make an initial court appearance Wednesday.

Police said that John Yingling was killed in the driveway of his home on Indianapolis' south side and that the teens shot Rex Souter, who was walking his dog in a neighborhood, before the chase.

Both teens have lengthy histories in the juvenile court system. The other teen's case remains in juvenile court.

Dunn hugged Kevin Andrews, a youth minister who had counseled her son. He said he supports her, but his thoughts are with the victims.

"Whether the courts choose to give him a second chance is not for us to say. My heart goes out to the families of the victims. They didn't deserve this," Andrews said.

Prosecutors will seek a waiver to try the 15-year-old accomplice in adult court. His hearing in juvenile court is set for Thursday.

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