Families of murder victims want answers to recent violence
Indianapolis residents are asking what could prevent the loss of life a day after seven homicides occurred in an eight-hour period.
The shooting victims included a teenager and six adults. Two people were killed in a shooting just after midnight on Stuart Street. Hours earlier, four people were found dead in a house on S. Parker Avenue. Another shooting victim was found near 23rd and Park late Thursday afternoon.
Such a large loss of life has people asking what can be done to stop it.
Shirley Jackson went through her stack of family photos Friday, looking for pictures of her nephew, Leroy Barker. After getting his life on the right track, Shirley's family grew concerned about not hearing from him.
"One of his sisters called his job, then she became suspicious. My nephew went over there and that is when he was found," Jackson said.
Barker was found murdered in his North Kenyon Street home Thursday morning.
Police were already investigating the quadruple murder on South Parker Avenue. the brother of one of the victims, Jacob Rodemich, talked on the phone with Eyewitness News Friday from California.
"He got into some trouble. I kept pressing him and wanted him to come. I wanted him to come down here so I could put him to work," Robert Rodemich said.
IMPD homicide detectives are also investigating who shot 16-year-old Quinton Nance in an alley near Park Avenue and 23rd Street. Nance was caught on camera in 2012, robbing a woman in the parking lot of Walgreens at 16th and Meridian. His own parents turned him in after seeing the video, hoping it would help turn him around.
The one-day deadly crime streak has several families grieving and hoping for answers.
"The violence that is going around is a concern, yes. That's a big concern. We are looking for answers now. If anybody knows anything, we hope they will call Crime Stoppers," Jackson said.
The Crime Stoppers phone number is 262-TIPS and you can leave your tip anonymously.