INDIANAPOLIS - Friends and family held a prayer vigil for a 13-year-old boy who was shot in the chest at a house party last weekend.
Family and members of the community gathered at Great Commission Church of God on the city’s east side Friday night.
Pastor Malachi Walker called the vigil a celebration and a prayer of healing as the teen fights for his life and his family fights for justice.
DeAndra Yates’ son was shot as he was leaving a house party in the 3400 block of Aylesford Drive. Someone fired gunshots into the house and the teen was hit in the chest.
As police search for a suspect, clergy placed hands on the men in blue, praying for them and the city at large.
Spiritual music filled the church and emotions poured out while a mom prayed for her son.
"What's keeping me is thinking about the last time I talked to my son and the last time that I hugged him and I have so much comfort in knowing that I told him that I loved him every single day," Yates said.
Yates hopes that someone comes forward or a guilty conscience might lead someone to give police the information they need to make an arrest.
"And while these people are out roaming the streets living their day-to-day life and my baby is hooked up to a lot of machines, it's unfair. Justice would be to turn yourself in and pay time for what you've done to my son," Yates said.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Chief Rick Hite attended the service and urged everyone to get involved to keep the streets safe and help police identify whoever is responsible.
Yates’ son remains in critical, but stable condition. She said the event was the first house party he had ever attended.
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