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No arrests yet in Bartholomew County quadruple murder

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The four victims were found dead from apparent gunshot wounds. The four victims were found dead from apparent gunshot wounds.
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Bartholomew County deputies haven't left a home in Waynesville where the bodies of the four victims were discovered shot and killed inside on Saturday.

Nearly 48 hours later, the sheriff says they haven't made an arrest, and the family of one of the victims says that's all right as long as the someone eventually answers to these murders.

"When it takes somebody away like that, you go numb," said Cindy Rickman, Tommy Smith's sister.

Cindy Rickman drove nearly 13 hours from North Carolina to Indiana to see where her brother, Tommy Smith, died.

"It's our first time over here. We are asking questions. We have questions for police as well," said Rickman.

Investigators say 39-year-old Smith along with 53-year-old Katherine Burton lived in the home on Main Cross Street in Waynesville. Smith and Burton, along with 41-year-old Aaron Cross and 41-year-old Shawn Burton, were found shot to death inside the house.

"Somebody out there knows who did this and we want them to step forward," said Rickman. 

Investigators tell Eyewitness News Kathy Burton's son came home from work and called 911. Police say he has been helpful with the investigation.  Sources close to the investigation also tell us that drugs may be involved in this crime.  

Tommy Smith's family tells us they're focused on who killed their brother and his three friends.

"It takes time. I want it done right. I don't want them to catch someone that has nothing to do with it," said Rickman.

Eyewitness News also spoke to Tommy Smith's Aunt, Renee Haesley. She had to call her sister and give her the news.

"There was a terrible tragedy and that her son was involved. And she just kept saying, 'Renee, what is it?' And it was just real hard to say. 'Your son was murdered,'" said Haesley tearfully.

The Bartholomew County sheriff along with the county coroner are planning a news conference Tuesday morning.

 

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