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The Journal Gazette

Friday, May 19, 2017 5:10 pm

Forest Park, North Side assistant slain near his home

FRANK GRAY | The Journal Gazette

An assistant football coach at North Side High School and administrative assistant at Forest Park Elementary School was shot to death early Friday morning about two blocks from his home.

Terrance Miles, 36, was found after shots were reported about 12:18 a.m. in the 900 block of Francis Street. The Allen County coroner identified him as the victim Friday afternoon.

Police found Miles near the intersection of East Washington Boulevard and Francis Street, not far from his East Berry Street home.

He was initially reported in critical condition but was later declared dead at the scene by paramedics.

The coroner's office ruled Miles' death a homicide from a gunshot wound or wounds. He is the 11th homicide victim in Allen County this year.

Miles was a North Side High School graduate, played football at Indiana State and briefly for the Fort Wayne Freedom indoor football team.

He had been dean of students at the Horizon Christian Academy, but had left that position about three years ago. He was also active as a youth coach.

At Forest Park and North Side, a letter was sent home with students informing parents Miles had died unexpectedly. The letter called Miles a beloved member of their staff and said he was involved in the lives of many children at all grade levels.

"There was great sadness in our building today," the letter said.

The schools brought in staff from other schools to to help support students, and additional staff will be available to help students deal with grief.

"He was very well liked," said Krista Stockman, Fort Wayne schools public information officer. "It was a rough day in the schools. A lot of tears."

Police went door to door searching for possible witnesses while crime scene units canvassed the area looking for evidence. A canine unit was also brought in to attempt to locate anyone who may have fled the scene.

Police are also contacting nearby businesses to see whether there is any security video of the shooting. They are asking anyone with information to contact them.