‘He was so happy’: Vigil held for 13-year-old boy shot, killed while trick-or-treating in Hammond

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HAMMOND, Ind. — A man has been charged with murder after shots were fired at a group of trick-or-treaters on Halloween, killing a 13-year-old boy and wounding another 13-year-old in Hammond.

The Northwest Indiana Times reports that 23-year-old Desmond Crews is also charged with attempted murder in connection with the death of Thomas DeLaCruz Jr., of Sunday in Hammond.

One of the trick-or-treaters told police that he exchanged words with a man prior to the shooting. Court documents allege the man threatened to get a gun and shoot them. A car later drove nearby. Court records say some men got out and shots were fired at the group.

23-year-old Desmond Crews

Crews told authorities others in the vehicle handed him a firearm. When he heard others from the vehicle open fire, “he felt like he had to shoot,” according to court records.

A well-attended vigil took place for DeLaCruz Jr. at the shooting scene Thursday evening. His mother spoke and has a message for the alleged shooter and the group he was with.

“He was everything, the best kid, the little man he was for the 13 years that we got to see, he was so happy, he loved to dance,” his mother Jasmine Anderson said.

Crews was arrested after he was detained by two residents who witnessed what happen. As many as 40 rounds were fired and the search continues for the other suspects in the vehicle.

Anyone with information can leave a tip at 219-852-2902.

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