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Officials seek answers to rising homicide numbers

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Shaquille Searcy Shaquille Searcy

Despite a spike in homicide rates overall, city officials say violent crime overall is down.

Tyana Ferrell died late Tuesday in a shooting at an apartment complex on the northwest side of Indianapolis, the city's 111th murder victim in 2013.

"It's just sad, man. I seen her just yesterday," said neighbor William Taylor. "Pow, pow, pow, pow, pow. Whoever it was, they was shooting to kill."

"My leg hurt me and my heart hurt me, 'cause I lost my best friend," said Shaquille Searcy.

Searcy stepped outside his apartment to smoke Tuesday around 10 p.m. Tyana was with him, when he says the two were ambushed.

"I tried to get away, but they hit me in my leg. Then I crawled back to her to make sure she was okay, but she died," Searcy said.

The homicide is part of an upward trend in the city of Indianapolis. There have been 15 percent more homicides this year compared to 2012. In fact, one happened right across the street just 10 days ago.

Most of the murders have taken place inside I-465. But that's only part of the picture. Non-fatal shootings are down 13 percent this year and the number of aggravated assaults - incidents usually involving a deadly weapon - are down seven percent.

"There's some good news in there," said Public Safety Director Troy Riggs.

Riggs says the good news will only get better if people take an active role.

"Call us. Get involved with your police department and report all crime. Not just crime you think is serious, I want to know about all crime. If we don't know about an issue, we can't go about solving it," he said.

With the apprehension of two suspects, the crime against Searcy and his best friend may be solved.

"It wasn't even her time to go. She was only 19," he said.

But solving the issue of preventing a person from taking another's life is far from over.

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