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An Indiana man was charged with murder on Wednesday for allegedly shooting dead a 13-year-old trick-or-treater.

A man was charged with manslaughter Wednesday in the death of a 13-year-old boy who was killed when a group of candy mongers were shot on Halloween in northwestern Indiana.

Thomas and his friends were trick-or-treating in Hammond’s Hestville neighborhood, where his grandmother has lived for more than 15 years, when one of the victim’s friends who was in a clown mask is said to have gotten into a verbal argument with one of Crews’ pals.

Charged

Desmond Crews, 23, of Gary is also charged with attempted murder in Sunday’s Hammond shooting that killed Thomas DeLaCruz Jr. of East Chicago and injured another 13-year-old boy, the Northwest Indiana Times reported. It was not immediately known Wednesday if Crews has an attorney.

“He was being a kid with his aunt trick-or-treating, walking with a group of kids,” DeLaCruz’s mother, Jasmine Anderson, told the newspaper. “And a sick and ignorant person decided to shoot the children.”

One trick-or-treating man told police that he exchanged words with a man 30 to 45 minutes before the shooting, which occurred around 7:30 p.m. The man threatened to get a gun and shoot them, according to court documents.

Friend

Thomas and his friends were trick-or-treating in Hammond’s Hestville neighborhood, where his grandmother has lived for more than 15 years, when one of the victim’s friends who was in a clown mask is said to have gotten into a verbal argument with one of Crews’ pals.

Mother

His mother, Jasmine Anderson, 30, told the Times that her son had just celebrated his 13th birthday and was ‘being a boy’ when he was separated from his family too soon.

Another trick or treat, that she was wearing a clown mask, she told police that she spoke to a man wearing shorts sometime between 30 and 45 minutes before the shooting, which occurred around 7:30 p.m.

According to court records, the unidentified man allegedly “threatened to obtain a .38 pistol and shoot them,” as reported by the NWI Times.

The teen in the clown mask continued the trick-or-treating with a group of friends and they walked several more blocks before seeing a silver car with about five or six people in it, including Crews, who appeared to be looking at the children.

Investigation

Later, the group saw a car with five or six people inside that appeared to be looking at them. The man who had exchanged words with one of the young men got out of the car with some of the other occupants. Another man took a “shooting stance” and those who were trick-or-treating were shot, according to court records.

A police officer captured Crews after the father of one of the young men chased him around the neighborhood, according to court records.

A pistol and ammunition were later found in a storage barrel.

Other possible suspects were being investigated, police said.

Shooting

Crews admitted to officers that he was a passenger in the silver car and was wearing a yellow sweatshirt at the time of the fatal shooting. He said the man wearing the shorts, who sat behind Crews in the car and has not yet been identified, “kept saying a group of people could have shot it and someone was going to die tonight.”

Court documents stated that Crews said the man in shorts then pointed to a boy wearing a clown mask and realized that the trick-or-treating were “ just little kids, ” according to the Times.

He recalled that others in the car handed him the 9mm pistol and extended magazine, adding that he ‘felt like he had to shoot’ after others in the car started firing.

Crews allegedly thought he shot over the children’s heads, but he wasn’t sure he missed them because he saw one of the kids collapse. He now faces murder and attempted murder charges for killing Thomas and shooting another unidentified trick-or-treating, 13-year-old in the leg.

Thomas’s mother remembered her son as “the best brother, the best cousin, the best friend in the world,” adding: “He danced, he was happy, he was a boy.”

Thomas is survived by his 10-year-old sister. ‘She shouldn’t have to go through this,’ Anderson said, adding: ‘I’m only 30 years old. I’m only 13 with my son. ‘

“ He was being a kid with his aunt trick-or-treating, walking with a group of kids. And a sick and ignorant person decided to shoot the children.

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Desmond Crews Quick and Facts

  • Desmond Crews, 23, was charged with murder and attempted murder after firing a 9mm semi-automatic gun into a group of trick-or-treaters on Halloween
  • He killed Thomas DeLaCruz Jr, 13, and shot another 13-year-old boy in the leg, who was treated at the hospital and later released 
  • Thomas and his friends were trick-or-treating in Hammond’s Hestville neighborhood, where his grandmother has lived for more than 15 years  
  • Crews allegedly fired after feeling pressure from the other passengers in the car and thought he shot over the kids’ heads

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