SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - Police are investigating the homicide of a South Bend teen who was shot and killed outside of his home Sunday night.
At around 7:33 p.m., police were sent to the 500 block of North Brookfield Street in response to a ShotSpotter alert.
Sixteen-year-old Ajurin Blake was on his way home, reportedly with a friend, 18-year-old Nehemiah Watts. When they arrived at the home, shots rang out – one hitting Blake in the back of the head and two hitting Watts.
“I heard three shots, and a few minutes later the police was out here,” neighbor Barbara Marshall said.
Both victims were taken to the Memorial Hospital. Watts survived his injuries and was released. Blake did not survive.
No suspect information has been released at this time and no arrests have been made, according to the St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit.
Blake’s family says Blake was working at Little Caesars on 4329 W. Western Ave. before reportedly getting a ride home from Watts.
Blake’s family is still shocked that anyone would try to hurt Blake, saying he was a good kid and got along with everyone. Blake’s great aunt, Gladys Muhammad, said the thing she will miss most is his smile.
“It was just sad just to look at him and see all the life out of him,” Muhammad said. “He was a nice boy. I think of him in a great way.”
T-shirts in Blake’s memory will be made available for purchase to help fund funeral service costs.
Anyone who has any information in regards to the killing of Blake is encouraged to contact Metro Homicide at 235-5009 or Crime Stoppers at 288-STOP.