20-Year Old Is County's 18th Homicide Victim

By Corinne Rose

May 17, 2013 Updated May 17, 2013 at 6:29 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- A neighborhood association president fed up with violence in her area has a plan to curb crime.

20-year old Shane Jamal Stephens was gunned down Thursday afternoon in front of the home at 3209 Oliver Street on Fort Wayne's southeast side.

After an autopsy, the Allen County coroner ruled Stephens' death a homicide -- the 18th in Allen County so far this year.

Neighbors we talked to today say this block is filled with retired people who own their homes and take care of their properties, and they're frustrated that a homicide happened there.

We caught up with the president of the Oxford Community Neighborhood Association who was delivering flyers about Saturday's Great American Cleanup.

She says people need to start taking responsibility for their neighborhood and block at the grassroots level.

"It's sad that we have young men getting killed. And it's sending a chill through the community. And so I'm just one of many neighborhood associations that's trying to talk to, kind of rid people of that fear and become involved," Mary Morris says.

Morris wants people to attend neighborhood association meetings.

Neighbors say Stephens and his friends moved into the home at 3131 Oliver about a month ago, and that trouble started happening right away, including shots being fired into a neighbor's car Wednesday.

In addition, police sources say they have been investigating Stephens for his possible role in a recent shooting and other crimes.

There have been no arrests in his death yet. We'll keep you posted.




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