SUV stolen from fatal fire scene located; two arrested
The SUV belonging to a family killed in a house fire last Saturday has been located and two people have been arrested.
Police detained two males who they say were joyriding in the vehicle stolen from the Olney Street home where a family of six died. The SUV was stopped on North Station Street, near 34th and Sherman on the near northeast side.
Shadrick Shears and Jeremy Akins were arrested at the scene.
Family members said Wednesday the house where the fire occurred had been broken into and the SUV stolen.
"Just more suffering on top of the suffering we're already going through," Sandra Lopez, a sister of one of the victims.
"They might take the truck, but they can't take the memories that we have with them," said Caerman Tello, Leo Guerra's niece.
The vehicle was discovered shortly after family members attended a vigil for the Guerra family.
"Give the family, Lord, the comfort they need," said one person, praying at the vigil.
Prayers went up in English and Spanish from neighbors, relatives and new friends. Janie Holly stopped by and embraced the Guerras. She lost four sons in a house fire on New Jersey Street in 1996.
"I am sorry for your loss," said Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard as he hugged Leo Guerra's sister.
"We're all united when pain comes to our city," said a chaplain.
"The father and mother was very, very, very nice," said Rhonda Froschauer.
The Guerra children were remembered, too.
"She was nice, funny, I liked her very much. She was a very good friend," said Alicia Pacheco, a friend of Miranda Guerra.
"I was friends with Esteban," said 11-year-old Cameron Froschauer. "He loved to tell jokes. Talk about anything. If you felt down he was right there."
Investigators with the Indianapolis Fire Department have ruled the cause of the Feb. 22 fire as "undetermined." IFD believes the fire was accidental, but they cannot determine exactly how it started.
Preliminary autopsy toxicology reports find that smoke inhalation was the cause of death for all six members of the Guerra family. The family's two cats also died in the fire.
The family is currently making arrangements for the funeral. It is anticipated that the services will be held sometime next week. Make a donation to help with funeral costs here.
Leo's sister, Sandra Lopez, spoke of another child.
"Fuentes, his heart was transplanted into a four-year old," she said.
The victims are living on as organ donors. The family has been working with both Eskenazi and Riley Hospitals along with the Indiana Organ Procurement Organization (IOPO) and successful organ donation was made.
Brandy Mae Guerra, 33, may be able to help up to 75 people through her donation. Miranda, 14, was able to help 7 people through her donation. Fuentes, 6, was able to help save the lives of several people through his donation.