(6-17-21) The Allen County Coroner’s Office is investigating the death of a 12-year-old boy, Mario A. Gilmer Jr. of Fort Wayne, who went missing earlier this week.

Gilmer Jr. was found near railroad tracks by the intersection of Hoagland Avenue and Melita Street, in Fort Wayne, on Monday at around 11:30 p.m. 

The 12 year old was reported missing on Monday, but the next day the alert was cancelled…but it did not say the boy was found dead at that time.

The coroner determined Mario’s cause of death to be a gunshot wound of the head.

The manner of death is under investigation.

The incident remains under investigation authorities in Allen County.

Many of you know our family and have heard of the tragic passing of our handsome, very loved family member, Mario Gilmer Jr., on Monday, June 14th. Mario was 12 years old and had the most beautiful soul. Any time you’d see him, he would be in a good mood and know exactly how to make your day. His smile and laugh were contagious. He leaves behind his mother, father, 8 siblings, Mimi, Meemaw and an extensive family of aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins and friends. 

Our entire family is absolutely devastated by this unexpected loss. We were not prepared for the cost of all that comes with laying our beautiful boy to rest. We would like to give him the memorial service and burial that he deserves, to honor his memory and say our last goodbyes. 

I am asking for donations to help cover the cost of Mario’s funeral and to help his parents get by, while they grieve the loss of their baby boy. Please consider donating, as any amount will help our family get through this difficult time. 

Thank you so much ❤️