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12-year-old Chicago boy shot to death in Indiana

By | Rachel Brooks

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Above, a screencapture from America’s Most Abandoned filmed by RnK All Day on YouTube shows the scene of rundown property in Gary, Indiana in 2019. Gary, Indiana is a town with rising crimes against youth and increasing despair as the city falls into decay.

A 12-year-old Chicago boy has been shot to death in Indiana. This was reported by the Chicago Sun-Times within the last 24-48 hours. Demetrius Townsel Jr. was the name of the child who was killed. NBC Chicago reported that Townsel was pronounced dead at 9:36pm on Saturday in  Gary, Indiana. He passed away in the Methodist Hospital Northlake Campus. The hospital is located at 600 Grant St. Gary, Indiana. NBC Chicago cites Lake County, Indiana’s coroner’s office as their source. NBC News was sharing this story from the Sun-Times Media Wire Services.

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NBC initially reported that it was not abundantly clear precisely where or when the Saturday Gary shooting took place. The Gary Police Department and the Lake County/Gary Metro Homicide Unit have opened up an investigation into the events. 

ABC 7 followed up the story recently from the Sun-Times Media Wire services. Demetrius Townsel Jr. lived in Back of the Yards on Chicago’s South Side. It was not stated clearly why the Chicago boy was present in Gary, Indiana despite lockdowns and other factors. Local police did not provide ABC 7 with further details regarding Townsell’s death on Sunday. As of the ABC 7 report, it was known that Townsell was shot, and that his death was ruled as a homicide. 

Newsbreak reported that the Lake County Coroner’s office was dispatched to Methodist Hospital at approximately 10pm Saturday. Putting the time of Townsell’s death at 9:36pm, it was approximately 24 minutes before the Lake County Coroner’s office was dispatched to the hospital. 

While it has not been stated if thte Townsel’s murder was a related incident, NWI Times reports that crimes against youths in this area are on the rise. Last week, a teenager ID’ed as Gary, Indiana’s 18th homicide this year. This was reported on May 7 initially and was updated on May 15. As of the NWI TImes report, the local police stated that crimes against kids were on the rise in their local area. The boy from this case was Jalen Pickens, 17 on the day he passed. He was shot inside his own home at the 3200 block of East 12th Avenue in Gary. 

Despite being tragic, Demetrius Townsel Jr.’s death was not the youngest homicide for Gary this year. The youngest was Debra R. Duszynski. She was 11 months old when she died on January 2. The baby girl died of blunt force trauma to her abdomen. The parents were charged with allegations of neglect for failing to send the baby’s siblings to school. Yet, they have not been charged with her homicide. 

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Children from Townsel’s peer age group have also been non-fatally shot, with local Gary police ruling the shooting of 12-year-old and a nine-year-old female victims in a single incident on March 21 fire on innocent victims. The incident with the two females occurred in the 4100 block of Pierce Street, Gary, Indiana. However, NWI Times reports that the rising violent crime rates are driven in part by gang violence. 

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