Mother of 5 killed in string of deadly weekend shootings

Yolanda Bailey with her five children. (Photo provided by family)
Mother of 5 killed during violent weekend in Indy
Violent weekend in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — The families of seven victims are grieving after a violent weekend in Indianapolis, including one of two people killed who were in a motorcycle club — a mother who leaves behind five children.

"She was the life of the family, she was the life of the party," said Caprice Love. "They took a loving mother."

Love's cousin, Yolanda Bailey, was one of seven people killed during the metro area's most recent weekend violent crime wave.

The 42-year-old mother did not survive after being reportedly shot at point-blank range by rival motorcycle club members who came to settle a beef with someone else.

The shooting came as a surprise to everyone inside the club, including the murdered mother who sometimes worked at the front door.

There is a sign above the front door indicating "no guns allowed."

Bailey's five sons include a 9-year-old who is living with autism. Her youngest son is just 5 years old.

Love said, "Last night, he felt like something was wrong because mom didn't come home. I couldn't get in the bed with mommy."

Bailey is one of six killed over the weekend in Indianapolis. One other person, 76-year-old John Boxley, also died after getting shot at the motorcycle club.

A woman taking cover during the gunfire tried to escort Boxley to a safer spot during the chaos, but he was still hit by one of the bullets.

The seventh victim was a teenager who died at the hospital following a shooting in Beech Grove.

In Indy, police continue the investigation in the homicide of 17-year-old LeAndre Lane who officers found shot dead at 34th and Franklin Road.

Another victim identified as 19-year-old Ezekiel Summers lost his life to gun violence in the 7100 block of Twin Oaks Drive.

Police are also trying to figure out who killed 31-year-old Theron Rowley over the weekend near 17th and Bellefontaine streets.

Love wants people to think twice about how they're settling their differences, especially when innocent people end up dead.

"Think of consequences behind pulling the trigger. A lot of people don't think about what happens after the trigger is pulled and that bullet meets someone that possibly wasn't even intentionally for them," Love said.

Bailey's family hopes to start funeral plans as soon as possible.

One of her relatives hopes to create a GoFundMe account to help raise enough money to help pay funeral expense for Bailey and funds for the ongoing care of her children.

IMPD Chief Bryan Roach has a message for people in our city with their finger on the trigger.

"We are coming off a violent weekend in our city," Roach said. "We are talking about conflict resolution. If you have a gun and you don't resolve conflict well get rid of that gun because it's really easy to pull that trigger."

Anyone with information about any of the deadly gunfire can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 317-262-TIPS. If your tip leads to an arrest, you will receive up to $1,000 in reward money. All calls to the tip line are confidential.