Boy’s death under investigation by FWPD, neighbors say they want answers

A vigil was made outside of the Putnam St. home
A vigil was made outside of the Putnam St. home(Staff)
Published: Dec. 20, 2021 at 2:51 PM EST
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) - A death investigation is underway involving a 9-year-old boy, the Fort Wayne Police Department (FWPD) says.

Online police logs show officers were called to the 800 block of Putnam Street around 1:15 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18, for a “juvenile neglect/abuse investigation”.

Police were not able to provide many details of the investigation and did not specify whether the death was criminal or not. They say the coroner’s report should be released Monday afternoon or Tuesday.

Neighbors and loved ones stopped by a memorial on Putnam street to pay respects to the boy’s life.

Chase Kirkpatrick was there with his family. He says his 4-year-old son was close friends with the boy who passed and his siblings.

“All three of them were like a big brother to him,” he said. “I’m sorry for the family. I’m sorry y’all gotta go through this. I’m sorry.”

Kirkpatrick says his son was there the night everything happened, and he has been worried ever since.

“He’s traumatized and you can tell,” he said. “Knowing that my son was right next to this when all this was happening, that’s what hurts the most.”

He says neighbors hosted a vigil Sunday night in the boy’s honor. Several people stopped by with him to drop off balloons, candles and write messages honoring his life.

Kirkpatrick says his life was taken far too soon.

Police say the coroner’s report should be released in the next few days and will help them determine the nature of the case.

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