Gary teen killed walking home from football practice
by Lori Caldwell lcaldwell@post-trib September 22, 2011 5:42PM
Updated: November 10, 2011 5:21PM
GARY — Edwin Parker Deloney was happy to living back up north with his father. He enjoyed making new friends at West High School and getting recognition by the football coaches.
All that ended Wednesday night when the 17-year-old was gunned down as he and his younger brother, Eric, 16, were walking home from football practice.
The teens had left the school and stopped at a convenience store near 15th Avenue and Burr Street shortly after 8 p.m., their aunt, Sherita Deloney, said.
Eric noticed a car that seemed to be circling around, but didn’t think anything of it.
“They had no fear. They just moved here, they didn’t have enemies,” their aunt said.
The car stopped near their home, then the teenagers heard shots and ran into a wooded lot near the 1500 block of Ralston Street.
Eric raced to his back door and told their father someone shot at them.
Edwin wasn’t with him.
Edwin Deloney Sr. and his younger son returned to the woods and found the victim.
“My brother sat right there and didn’t move. He stayed with his boy,” Sherita Deloney said.
Police recovered shell casings from the street across from the victim’s home. No one has been arrested.
Sherita Deloney said the brothers moved from Riverdale, Ga., to live with their father about a month ago after living with their mother for several years.
“They were ready to be with their dad. My brother did everything to keep the boys safe,” she said.
Detective Cpl. James Nielsen is leading the homicide investigation. Anyone with information on the case can call him at 881-4754.
Reach Lori Caldwell at 648-3258.