INDIANAPOLIS Shooting — It is difficult to put into words what a single person brings to the community in which they live. On Wednesday evening, Richard Donnell Hamilton was getting off of Interstate 65 at the County Line Road exit when he was shot and killed by a person who is suspected of shooting on road rage. According to his cousin Damon Lee and their mutual friend Darryl Smith Sr., the passing of Hamilton is a significant blow to the community that he had served.
Who are the suspect?
Not only was Hamilton supporting the 43 year old, but they had been doing it for as long as they can remember, which is quite a while. “He coached youth from neighboring cities year after year, “This is what Lee had to say about his cousin. Everything that he understood about football, he passed on to the next generation. “Because of him, I am the man I am today, and the coach I am because of who I am,” Smith added. Hamilton was the founder of the youth football squad known as the Indy Youth Steelers.
Additionally, he was a founding member of the Tarkington Teen Work Crew, which is a program that operates out of the MLK Center and encourages young people to take on leadership roles. “The legacy that Nell will leave behind is that ‘you can accomplish it with nothing,'” “Lee stated. He was in charge of a football team that received no funding from any grants. Now, his town, his coaches, and his football team are attempting to move on without the man they considered to be their leader. “This became kind of the home of the Indy Steelers where their fiscal agent for grants they would get we would help them get new uniforms he and I are a lot like in the sense if you wanted to play, we would figure out a way,” MLK Center Executive Director Allison Luthe said to WRTV. “He and I are a lot like in the sense that if you wanted to play, we would figure out a way.”
According to the Indiana State Police, Hamilton was slain by gunfire on Wednesday night while he was sitting in the passenger seat of a white vehicle in the town of Greenwood. According to the State Police, the incident took place at the intersection of Interstate 65 and County Line Road. The troopers think that someone in another car followed them as they exited the freeway onto County Line Road and intentionally tried to hit their van.
Investigation still ongoing
The investigation indicates that road rage was likely the cause of the shooting. They are looking for a silver or gray sedan style automobile with dark tinted windows at this time. Nobody has been pegged as a possible culprit. “To be taken away from us in such a violent way a senseless way,” Smith Sr. said, “especially taking into consideration how hard we fought to keep the kids away from violence and off the streets.” Now, the community of Butler-Tarkington needs to piece together what happened to a man who, according to them, mentored a great number of people. According to family friend Anthony Hampton, Nell “just gave back because he had a gift to give and he did it naturally and he didn’t expect anything in return.” This week, Hamilton and the rest of his young football team found out that their playing field will be upgraded thanks to a grant from the Lilly Endowment.
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