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Youth mentor killed on city's near eastside: ruled a homicide

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA 21) -

A man shot to death on Fort Wayne's near eastside early Friday had a long history of mentoring young people in the city.

The homicide leaves a big hole to fill in the community.

36-year old Terrance Miles spent much of his adult life investing in Fort Wayne's young people.

Early Friday, he suffered multiple gunshot wounds and died in the parking lot of an apartment complex at Francis and East Washington Boulevard.

"We're working on a shooting right now, we don't have any other particulars," said Fort Wayne Police Department spokesperson Michael Joyner.

What may have motivated the killing, police don't know or aren't saying.

Miles lived in the apartment complex, but why he was in the parking lot after midnight, is not clear.

Detectives planned to check with nearby businesses to see if any surveillance video might reveal details of what happened.

Police are also hopeful that after gunshots rang out, there were witnesses.

"I'm sure somebody looked out and saw something that could be of quality...quality information to investigators," Officer Joyner said.

Miles was currently an administrative assistant at Forest Park Elementary School, and a copy of a letter went out to students and their parents, saying Miles had died unexpectedly.

It read in part, "He was involved in the lives of many children at all grade levels and there was great sadness in our building today."

The same letter was sent out to North Side High School Football players who he worked with as an assistant coach.

Miles starred as a defensive back at North Side and went on to play at Indiana State University.

He later played for the Fort Wayne Freedom professional indoor team that folded around 2007.

Miles made some significant contributions in terms of mentoring youth in the community.

Years ago, he had a connection to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne.

"A guy who was making inputs into our community, now he's gone," said Joe Jordan, the president and CEO of the organization.

He says Miles was passionate about steering kids down the right road, serving in charter schools and with Metro Youth Sports.

He says we often celebrate people who are big financial donors in town.

"Which we should, but we should also honor those grass roots people that's really in the trenches everyday and making a difference in our community and Terrance Miles was one of those people," Jordan said.

Miles death is ruled the 11th homicide in Allen County in 2017. 

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