Dijon’s family remembers ‘courageous’ person with NFL dreams

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) -A west side shooting death leaves lives upended, a family torn, a promising college football career in the dust.

Brother loses brother, mother loses son. Now a cousin wants the killers found.

Ashley Farris says someone must talk. “These people ended somebody’s life… for no reason.”

She pleads with anyone to come forward if they know who killed Dijon Anderson, 18. Police have released security camera photos of two persons of interest in the murder of her cousin, a standout Warren Central football star. He was shot on May 6. He died Tuesday.

Anderson was one of three teens shot that night. A 17-year-old died at the scene. Anderson spent two weeks in the hospital before his death. Another friend and football player suffered minor injuries.

“I don’t think that it’s really registered that he is not going to be here but I will miss him entirely,” Farris said. “I’ll miss him at Thanksgiving. I’m going to miss him so much.”

“I’m just going to miss his personality,” said Jalen Frazier, the victim’s 14-year-old brother. “How funny he was. He used to make everybody laugh. Every time he stepped into a room. He put a smile on everybody’s face.”

Frazier loses more than an older brother.

“He was like my role model, basically.”

He says big brother Dijon “used to keep my head up all the time. When stuff was negative he just tried to bring me up. Like when my granny died he lifted me up, just by being him or just being around.”

“He did something new every game, basically.” I would just turn up every time in the stands,” said Frazier.

He loved watching his brother on the football field. Dijon would have left for Southern Illinois University in just over a week. He was that schools much sought-after recruit, and had NFL dreams.

“He was courageous,” Farris said. “He was fun to watch. He would do things and you would be like ‘oh god Dijon did you just really hit him like that’. He was just an amazing athlete.”

“He was excited to be playing. He was talking about getting interceptions how he was going to shut the quarterback down and all that,” Frazier added.

“He was one of those athletes you just want to watch,” said Farris.” And I’m sure that’s what he’s doing right now. Like he’s a part of the best team everybody’s trying to be a part of.”

Farris summed up Dijon’s approach to the game.

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