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Funeral held for two Hovey St. murder victims

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Gina Hunt and her son Jordan were shot and killed Monday night. Gina Hunt and her son Jordan were shot and killed Monday night.
Hundreds of mourners gathered to say goodbye to the Hunt and her toddler son. Hundreds of mourners gathered to say goodbye to the Hunt and her toddler son.
The casket holding Gina and Jordan Hunt is placed in a hearse. The casket holding Gina and Jordan Hunt is placed in a hearse.

Emily Longnecker/Eyewitness News

Indianapolis - Emotions ran high this weekend as a family, community and city leaders paid their respects to a murdered mother and child.

24-year-old Gina Hunt and her 23-month-old son Jordan were laid to rest Saturday at Crown Hill Cemetery. Mourners filled the seats at Christ Church Apostolic on the north side. Many people knew the victims, others were just touched by the unspeakable tragedy.

"Just sad. My heart breaks for her mother, you know, the babies," said Nicole Poindexter.

"It's a real big tragedy. We shouldn't lose people," said Yolonda Middlebrook. "They were 24 and little kids."

Hunt and her son died late Monday night along with 24-year-old Andrea Yarrell and her four-month-old daughter Charlii, when their home was broken into, the invaders opening fire and killing all four.

"It's like evil in the purest, you know?" Poindexter said.

"I can't even describe the horror that I fell, because I just don't understand why anybody would hurt innocent children," said Teresa Boone.

So many people showed up to pay their final respects to Gina and Jordan, police had to direct traffic in and out of the church.

"We came to pay our respects," said Warren Hudgins. "I think this affected the whole community. I'm a father and it touched me in a deep way."

"It just touches you. It's something that could have happened to any of us and so you know you just feel to the core of your being the pain that they're in," Boone said.

The pain was evident on people's faces as they left the church after walking past the white casket of the young mother, with her young son lying in her arms.

"They were a combination of angry, mad, lost, resigned, confused," said Mayor Greg Ballard, who attended the service. "But what I got most, they were angry."

Community leaders who attended Saturday's visitation and funeral had their own words of sympathy for Gina and Jordan's family.

"Our heart. Our sincere prayers and thoughts are with this family," said Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi. "This funeral was just about the, well, it was the worst thing that we've ever experienced."

"We just left the church and we walked past a casket carrying a young 24-year-old woman with her infant child lying beside her in that coffin," said Chief of Police Michael Spears. "Far too young to die under circumstances which are tragic and from all accounts, just senseless."

Saturday's funeral, which lasted four hours, won't be the last. Monday, another family and the community, that of Yarrell and young Charlii, will endure the same painful goodbye. Calling hours for the Yarrells is at 10 a.m. at Mount Carmel Baptist Church on Mitthoeffer Road, with the funeral at noon. They will be buried next to Gina and Jordan Hunt at Crown Hill.

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