Vigil for murder victim held as four suspects caught
Family and friends of 21-year-old Hayley Navarra, one of four people murdered in a southeast Indianapolis home gathered for a vigil Monday evening, hours after four suspects were arrested for the crime.
Detectives say they worked around the clock to make the arrests of Samantha Bradley, Anthony Larussa, Kenneth Rackemann, and Valencia Williams, who stand accused of killing two men and two women in a home on South Parker Avenue last Thursday.
Rick Herald came to the vigil with a bag of clothes his young cousin left at his house last week. It holds a few of possessions and a lot of "what ifs."
"She sat right here in this chair," he said. "You think, she was here one day and gone. It just makes...I don't know what to think about it. I didn't sleep very good the last couple days."
Police say the victims of the murders were once in the drug trade with the suspects, then fell out.
"Whenever a group of people get together for ill-gotten gain, it is usually not an amicable agreement when they break up. There are challenges with the group. For that reason, people die," said IMPD Chief Rick Hite.
Evidence at the crime scene, tips and evidence found in an apartment dumpster helped connect victims and suspects.
"She wanted to go to college and she just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time," said Elisa Grimes, Hayley's aunt.
Family members say they tried to pull Hayley away from the drug scene, but it was a struggle. Now, they must bury the young woman.
"Gonna try and get her buried Wednesday," Herald said. "It's going to be a closed casket because of the brutalness that was done to these people."
Only three days before her death, Hayley's aunt prayed with her. The young woman was scared.
"She looked at me with unknowing eyes, like if I only knew what she was going through. If I only knew," her aunt said.
Prosecutors could release more information about the arrests on Tuesday.