Coroner identifies two women found in burning car

Victim of burning car identified
Young mothers dead in burning car
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - The deadly crime scene where Indianapolis fire fighters found two bodies in a burned car got a visit from grieving loved ones Saturday.

Tuesday afternoon the Marion County Coroner identified the women as 24-year-old Martina Webb and 21-year-old Aliyah Igartua from Gary, Indiana.

The Coroner says both women were shot in the head.

Martina Webb (Family photo)

“You hurt me. You hurt my family," cried Odessa Martin. The Gary, Indiana native fought back tears as much as possible talking about her stepdaughter and her stepdaughter’s best friend. Martin says the two drove to Indianapolis from Gary, Indiana Friday.

“For her to come all the way from Gary, and end up getting shot and burned up in an alley behind an abandoned house. I woke up to this phone call about my baby," said Odessa Martin.

According to The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, someone called 911 late Friday night about a car on fire near West 16th Street and Goodlet Avenue.

Fire fighters put out the flames and found two bodies in the car. Metro officers arrived and eventually determined they had a double homicide on their hands.

Based on a photo of the car fire tweeted by The Indianapolis Fire Department, the flames even made it difficult to identify the make and model of the car right away.


They shared photos of the two women with Eyewitness News. Odessa Martin explained Aliyah just had a baby girl who is just one month old. She shared that Webb is the mother to a 4-year-old boy.

Aliyah Shantay (Family photo)

Tewana Gill shared with Eyewitness News that Webb decided to ride to Indianapolis with Aliyah Friday night. She is trying to understand why anyone in Indianapolis would want to do harm to Aliyah.

“She is from Gary so not even probably six hours of even being here she is dead, like in an alley though?" said Tewana Gill.

Saturday afternoon Tewana Gill and several family members and friends visited the alley to leave balloons and teddy bears where fire fighters found the two bodies.

They also talked about the impact this case having on their family.

Odessa Martin said, “I don't care what...you all did not have to kill my baby. You all don't understand how much this hurts me! How much this is tearing my family apart."

The grieving family is also trying to make sense of the timeline from their loved ones departure from Gary and their arrival in Indianapolis. They are hoping that the investigation into their reported deaths reveal a motive and suspect(s) in the case.

“That was my baby and I just want justice," said Odessa Martin, “You all need to come forward. Whoever did it. Just come forward."

Detectives from The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department canvassed the area around West 16th Street and Goodlet Avenue. They are relying heavily on the public for any clues that would give them a break in the case. Anyone wanting to help in this case and remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS. All calls to the Hot Line are 100% confidential. If your tip leads to an arrest in this case you will receive a cash reward of up to $1000.00. If authorities confiscate a weapon as part of the case the reward money will increase.