Coroner: Fishers teen died from three stab wounds

Connor Shockley
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The stabbing death of a Fishers teenager has been ruled a homicide by the Hamilton County coroner.

The coroner found that Connor Shockley, 18, died from three stab wounds. 

Shockley was found between two homes in a Fishers subdivision late Sunday night. Corbin Montgomery, also 18, and a recent Hamilton Southeastern graduate, was arrested in connection with Shockley's death. Montgomery says he acted in self-defense.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Montgomery and Shockley had been feuding on social media over Montgomery's girlfriend. Sunday night, Montgomery says Shockley stole his cell phone and Montgomery ran after him with a knife, leading to the attack.

Read the court documents here.

Neighbors watched as police descended on the typically quiet Harrison Green subdivision on the north side of Fishers.

"It was frightening. We didn't know what was going on," said one resident.

Police were called to the neighborhood after a fight broke out between two teens attending a house party. When police arrived, they found Shockley dead in a side yard.

"Two weeks ago, we were all celebrating this wonderful event with graduation and my heart goes out to his family," said Suzanne Mandel, neighbor.

Shockley, who was three credits shy of graduating from Fishers High School, had been fatally stabbed. Soon after, police arrested 18-year-old Corbin Montgomery on preliminary charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter. Montgomery had just graduated from Hamilton Southeastern High School.

"It's just so crazy it could happen," said Hannah Cohrs. She wasn't at the party, but she knew people who were. "I heard they were really good friends. Something just set them off."

Matt Woolwine, an acquaintance of Shockley's, recalled Shockley riding in the car with him just a few days ago talking about how he wanted to improve his life.

"He showed me a notebook on his phone; he had notes on his iPhone. He said, 'Dude, these are my goals, man. Get 100 percent healthy. Quit smoking. Quit drinking.' He said, 'I just want to be good. I want to do this for the right reasons. I want to do this for my family. I want to do this for my friends. I want to do this for me."

Police aren't saying what prompted the argument leading to Shockley's death, but the violence that took place has shaken the neighborhood.

"We're so used to being in this safe community and it's very disturbing when something like this occurs in our own neighborhood," said Mandel.

Monday evening, the community was still saddened by the news, but somewhat relieved that the incident was contained - a dispute between friends.

Many hope Fishers will remain a model community and, as it has been called in the past, one of the safest in the country.

"It's just a nice place to be, you know. My kids grew up here," said Cindi Lindamood, who was watching her son Tyler's baseball game.

Allan and Deanna Hughes have called Fishers home for 16 years.

"It's a great neighborhood. Kids play up and down the court and nothing...just nothing," Deanna said.

"Don't change your mind about living here, don't let this become a roadblock. It's a blip on the radar, I think," Allan said.

Fishers is one of the fastest growing communities in Indiana's fastest growing county. The sight of families and their kids and players winning baseball championships isn't just an image - it's what Fishers is all about.

"We feel for the parents of those kids, but it's still Fishers and, like everybody else, we'll go on, you know," Lindamood said.

Montgomery is expected to have an initial court hearing Tuesday, at which point we may learn more about what led up to the stabbing.