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UPDATE:   The Marion County Coroner says a heart attack was 19-year-old Terrell Day’s cause of death. The coroner’s office released those autopsy results Monday afternoon. For the latest, click HERE.

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The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the death of teenager who died while in their custody. A spokesman says 18-year-old Terrell Day was arrested Saturday after he was accused of trying to shoplift from the Burlington Coat Factory on Indy’s east side at Washington Square Mall. Police say a loss prevention officer from the store confronted a male shoplifting suspect inside Burlington, who then pointed a handgun at him and bolted from the store. Cumberland Police officers worked this case as well. In fact, it was the Cumberland Police who found Day lying in a grassy area behind a gas station nearby at the intersection of East 10th Street and North Mitthoefer Road. They say when Day saw them, he immediately surrendered to IMPD officers who were also searching. They took him into custody without incident. Police say they did recover a gun next to him. After being taken into custody, Day said he was having trouble breathing so an ambulance was called. An emergency crew responded, attended to him and cleared him to continue the trip to the Arrestee Processing Center. His transport continued, however a second ambulance was called upon his arrival when he complained of breathing trouble again. The second emergency crew worked on Day a second time and police say he quickly deteriorated and then died in the back of the ambulance. According to media reports, Indy’s Emergency Medical Services chief Charles Miramonti issued a statement from the agency noting that a full internal investigation has been launched to determine what happened to Day in this incident. In it, he also offered “sincere condolences.” While defending IEMS, Miramonti said he’s confident the highest level of response and care was provided to the suspect. IMPD is continuing their investigation, while Day’s family says they need answers.

Click here to learn of a new development in today’s headlines in the police custody death in Baltimore of Freddie Gray.

The community gathers today to remember an innocent child who was slain in an outbreak of senseless violence. Funeral services are underway on this Monday morning for DeShawn Lee Swanson at Friendship M.B. Church in the 1300 block of North Goodlet. They got underway at 10:30 a.m. Swanson is the ten-year-old who was recently shot and killed at a home on North Graceland Avenue on the city’s near-northwest side while others gathered to remember another loved one. Three others, including a 16-year-old were shot during that incident. Police continue their search for a suspect or suspects in this case. Call CrimeStoppers if you have any info that may help bring justice to Swanson’s family. Callers can report details annonymously at (317)262-TIPS (8477).

IMPD are also busy investigating two violent incidents that they now believe may be linked. Around 6 a.m. Monday Morning, police were called to the 5100 block of Norwaldo Ave. to investigate a shooting. There, they found a victim that they took to Eskenazi Hospital in critical but stable condition. While still busy at that crime scene, they got a call a short time later about a woman who’d been assaulted near 51st and Keystone Ave. She was also taken to the hospital in stable condition. Police haven’t revealed what makes them think these cases are linked, however they are still searching for suspects in this case.

A two-year-old girl hit by a car on the city’s northwest side is dead. IMPD says the little girl was struck Sunday evening in the parking lot of Always Shining Hand Car Wash. The child’s family owns that business. Officials say she was struck by a 17-year-old employee who was at the car wash to pick up a paycheck.

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Truly missed over the busy Circle City Classic weekend, the presence of an epic political, social and Indy community figure who was one of the historic founders of both Indiana Black Expo, Inc. and the Classic was felt. Longtime Indiana State Representative William “Bill” Crawford  died on Friday morning leading into the weekend’s events. He was the longest-serving African American in the state legislature and led the powerful House Ways and Means Committee overseeing how Indiana’s money was spent, before his retirement back in 2012. Crawford owned the distinction of being the longest serving black legislator in the nation, after serving for 40 years. He suffered a short illness and died at the age of 79. Some attendees of the weekend’s events told us they missed seeing him walking around socializing and talking to football fans. Funeral arrangements are still pending however Stuart Mortuary has been entrusted with his memorial homegoing. If you’d like to send your condolences to Crawford’s family, click HERE.

President Obama is defending the Iran nuclear deal during his address today at the United Nations General Assembly. The President said the deal helps ensure that war is averted and the world is safer. The controversial accord aims to block Iran’s path to a nuclear weapon while giving Iran significant relief from sanctions. Obama also defended U.S.-led sanctions against Russia over incursions in Ukraine. He said the goal is not to hurt Russia but to encourage Moscow to be a more constructive international partner. He noted, no nation is immune from threats like terrorism and global climate change. He said civilized nations must continue to work together to solve serious international problems. Obama also argued that the U.S. cannot solve the world’s problems alone.  The President is also expected to have a “sit down” chat, while there for the UN’s fall meetings, with Russian President Vladimir Putin. It’s a good bet that Syria will come up in that conversation. Russia recently sent military support to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, claiming it’s meant to help fight ISIS terrorists.

Pope Francis has left the United States after a world-wind visit. Check out the Pontiff’s activities and how he’s still making headlines with his thoughts on government officials following their consciences over duty (like the Kentucky clerk who refused to issue marriage licences to same-sex couples) HERE.

Sports…

Congrats to the Thoroughbreds of Kentucky State University who captured the win over Central State University’s Marauders in the Circle City Classic. The score was 21 – 17 at Lucas Oil Stadium. Also the Indianapolis Colts got the job done, getting their first win of the season Sunday at Tennessee over the Titans 35-33. And a big shout out to the Indiana Fever who remain alive in the WNBA Playoffs. They beat the Liberty at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Sunday 70-64, tying up that best of three series in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Fever now head back to New York to get ‘er done and continue their march towards a championship ring.

Indianapolis Weather…

Mostly Cloudy on this start of the work week, with a chance of showers and a High of 83 degrees.

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