Detectives make progress in homicide investigation

Progress made in homicide investigation
Search for 'key players' in homicide
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Investigators appear to be inching closer to finding the killer of a prominent Indianapolis doctor.

Eyewitness News has learned detectives have an idea of who they are looking for as well as some of the other players involved, but they stop short of calling them suspects.

On Wednesday, police revealed that Dr. Kevin Rodgers was murdered in a robbery.

As a doctor at IU School of Medicine, Rodgers helped save lives. As a volunteer at Cathedral High School, "Dr. Kevin" is credited with helping shape lives.

Tailgating is serious fun at Cathedral. According to principal Dave Worland, Rodgers made the most of it.

“He liked to cook and say “hey, what to you think? Do you like that steak, do you like the hamburger?'” Worland said with a smile.

He described a parent and volunteer people could count on. And they did for 16 years.

“He was always here to serve,” Worland said. “He wasn’t here for anything for himself, he was here to serve others. Usually it was the students.”

He helped coach a championship lacrosse team, generously donated his cooking skills to raise money for the private Catholic school and took on other chores.

“He was a guy who really enjoyed family, friends and people,” Worland said.

The last person anyone expected to be murdered in their own home in the middle of the day. Worland can’t understand why anyone, even a robber, would want to hurt him.

“I can’t imagine him doing anything on his part that would get anybody so angry that would have prompted someone to harm him,” Worland said.

Rodgers' youngest son attends Cathedral, as did his three older sons.

Two families are in mourning.

“Beyond his physical presence, we are going to miss his spirit,” the principal said. “We are going to miss his involvement. We are going to miss his love for the kids and people.”

Police sound certain there are people, "key players", they called them, who know details of the crime.

Police are asking for information. If people are afraid to talk, they’ll take anonymous tips.

You can call IMPD Homicide Division at (317) 327-3475 or Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS.

In addition, the following groups and councils will deliever your tips if you wish to remain anonymous:

DISTRICT

CHAIR

CO-CHAIR

DOWNTOWN

DANNIELLE GILYAN

Dannielle.gilyan@eskenazihealth.edu

ESKENAZI INJURY PREVENTION COORDINATOR

ALICIA J. COLLINS

acollins@cicf.org

CICF COMMUNITY COLLABORATIONS MGR

NORTH

PASTOR ORLANDO JORDAN

odjordan@gmail.com

CHURCH OF THE LIVING GOD

CHELSEA HARING-COZZI

Chelsea.haring-cozzi@uwci.org

UWCI

EAST

CHRIS STAAB

clstaab@juno

NEARINDY EASTSIDE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSO.

ANTHONY BEVERLY

Awbeverly.ab@gmail.com

STOP THE VIOLENCE

SOUTHEAST

PASTOR CHRIS HOLLAND

Chris.holland1@comcast.net

FATHER’S HOUSE

DEBBIE CONWAY

Debbie.conway@infarmbureau.com

CRIME WATCH COMMITTEE CHAIR

BEAN CREEK NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

NORTHWEST

MARSHAWN WOLLEY

marshawnwolley@hotmail.com

URBAN LEAGUE

LEROY LEWIS, III

Legacy-1@sbcglobal.net

ESKENAZI MEDICAL GROUP

SOUTHWEST

ANGEL NUCKOLS

angelnuckols@gmail.com

CITIZENS ALLIANCE FOR PUBLIC SAFETY MEMBER

WIFE OF PARK RANGER NUCKOLS

PASTOR DANIEL RASMUSSEN

danielamagoh@gmail.com

CENTER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

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