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12-year-old shot to death in front of twin brother, family pleads for killer to surrender

A 12-year-old Indiana boy was fatally shot in front of his twin brother while sitting in a car; now the family pleads for those responsible to come forward.

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A 12-year-old Indiana boy was fatally shot in front of his twin brother while sitting in a car, WGN-TV reports.

Demetrius Townsel Jr., was shot in the city of Gary, Indiana, Saturday night. Further details about how or why the shooting happened have not been released.

Darius, Demetrius’ twin brother, was in the car when the shooting occurred. Shots were fired at the car from an unknown person as they passed by around 9:30 p.m.

Darius held his brother until they made it to Methodist Hospital, 2 miles away. Andrew Holmes, a community activist, said Darius attempted to save Demetrius' life by applying pressure to the gunshot wound.

Police haven't announced if anyone has been taken into custody.

A large group of family members came together Monday to mourn Demetrius' death, and ask for help finding his killer.

“I can’t hold my baby anymore; please turn yourself in,” Catherine Brown, his mother, said while pleading for those responsible to come forward.

“It’s unfortunate that something like this would happen to a 12-year-old child,” Demetrius’ stepfather, Lenearl Lightfoot, said. Lightfoot says he is a victim of gun violence himself, having first been shot when he was 12, the same age as his stepson.

"Makes me more determined to find out who did this to him.”

A $2,000 reward is being offered to anyone who helps find the person who shot and killed Demetrius. Those with information are asked to call 1-800-U-TELL-US (1-800-883-5587).