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A 13-year-old boy died from injuries he suffered when he was hit by a falling bullet in Hammond. (Go Fund Me)

A 13-year-old boy died over the weekend from injuries he suffered when he was hit by a falling bullet in Hammond, Indiana.

Noah Inman spent some of his happiest days on the baseball field. It was his first season with Highland, Indiana's Babe Ruth League, but Noah fit right in. Edwin de Jesus was one of his coaches.

"He was there with his eyes wide open. Ready to go. That first day," de Jesus said. "The true person of Noah is a good one. The real deal. A good friend. It was about the team. He was willing to play wherever. And he was a good player."

Noah died Saturday, a week after being struck in the head by a falling bullet Hammond police believe was shot into the sky by someone in the area. He was outside playing basketball with a group of children.

"This shouldn't happen to anyone. The carelessness with firearms. That story needs to be told. This shouldn't happen again," de Jesus said.

While police continue to investigate where that bullet may have come from, Noah's teammates struggle to come to terms with the loss. Playing at the all-star games this past weekend, they took a photo holding up his jersey, which they then all signed hoping to give it to Noah's parents.

"I did discuss it with my kid and it was pretty devastating. At that age they don't really deal with this with someone who is so close, playing together, practicing together, enjoying each other's company and friendship," de Jesus said.

The team is looking for another way to honor him as his family makes arrangements for his funeral.

"The Hammond Police Department would like to offer our heartfelt condolences to the Inman family. We wish you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead, and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. Our hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow. When reason fails, pray for peace. We will be praying with you," police said in a statement.

The police department reminded residents that it is illegal to discharge a firearm within city limits.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact Detective Lt. Mark Tharp at (219) 852-2988 or Detective Sgt. Mark Ferry at (219) 852-2991.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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