Friday morning homicide victim was coach, FWCS employee

Terrance Miles
Terrance Miles

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The man found shot to death alongside the road early Friday morning was an employee at Fort Wayne Community Schools and a coach. An autopsy completed early Friday afternoon determined Terrance Lynn Miles, 36, of Fort Wayne was gunned down near East Central Towers apartments.

Photo of Terrance Miles from 1999 North Side High School yearbook.

Miles worked at Forest Park Elementary School according to his aunt who spoke to NewsChannel 15 Friday. He coached Metro Youth Sports football and basketball teams and had done so for nearly a decade. He recently landed a job as an assistant football coach at North Side High School where he graduated in 1999.

Miles was a standout athlete at North Side High School. He went on to play defensive back for Indiana State, according to Dale Doerffler, the former Athletic Director at North Side. Doerffler said he knew Miles as both a student and a coach.

“Terrance didn’t play under my direction but I watched him excel on the football field,” he said.

Miles’ football career came full circle when he was hired as the assistant football coach at his Alma mater. Doerffler said he helped bring Miles on board.

“He had this sparkling personality,” said Doerffler. “He always had a smile on his face and greeted you with a kind hello. He treated the players the same way which is why they respected him.”

Miles coached his first season at North Side last fall, Doerffler said. That would be his last.  Miles was shot to death around 12:15 a.m. near a parking lot entrance to East Central Towers apartments. A police officer checking on a 911 call about gunshots in the 900 block of Francis Street found his body in a grassy area on Francis Street about 100 feet north of East Washington Boulevard.

“The way he was gunned down was senseless,” said Doerffler. “It’s a sad state of the world and I pray for his family.”

Former Metro Youth Sports commissioner Peter Hill said he’s heartbroken by the news and will never forget Miles.

“His smile, his eagerness to help the young kids and give them a positive outlook,” Hill said in admiration.

Mile’s lifelong friend, Jerrion Turner, said Miles will always be remembered for his passion for children.

“In a million years I would have never thought that somebody would have taken his life,” he said. “I mean he was a stand-up guy in the community. He was loved by a lot of kids. He loved working with children. He was a coach. He was just a community leader. He was somebody a lot of people looked up to. It’s just a very tragic thing that happened to him.”

Officers set up a perimeter and conducted a search for a possible suspect but did not find anyone. FWPD Spokesman Officer Chris Felton said a canvas of the area didn’t produce a weapon near where the man was gunned down. Police do not have any suspect information and detectives are trying to find potential witnesses or someone with information about what happened.

No other details were immediately available. The shooting is under investigation.