A year later, Indy’s family is still offering a $10,000 reward for tips on killing drag races

INDIANAPOLIS — A year ago this week, 23-year-old Zachary Pettis was shot to death on the northwest side of Indy.

His family continues to demand justice and offer a reward to help identify his killer.

“He didn’t deserve this,” said Zach’s uncle, Bruce Pettis. “His family doesn’t deserve this.”

Zach Pettis was at an event called Drag Racing Street Takeover. He had a passion for racing and building cars with his father. The race was in an industrial area at West 76th Street and Moller Road.

Another car stopped on the track and started making donuts. When someone tried to stop them, an altercation ensued. That’s when someone in the car fired a gun and hit Zach in the neck. His father rushed him to a nearby fire station to try to save his life.

Bruce said the last year has been hell for his family.

“Although we have had a funeral and burial, things of that nature,” Bruce said. “There is no closure yet.”

No arrests have been made in the case and IMPD said today there have been no updates. Bruce said the family has only heard of one major update.

“They found shell casings that matched the same shell casings from Zachary’s murder at another crime scene,” Bruce said. “Which means that the individual not only murdered my nephew, but he is still breaking the law and will likely kill again.”

The Pettis family offers a $10,000 reward for information leading to Zach’s killer. With so many people there the night of the murder, Bruce said someone knows something.

“Imagine this is your son who’s been killed, you know, just talk,” Bruce said.

The family plans to hold a vigil for Zach this Saturday.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at (317) 262-TIPS.

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