Names of victims released after multiple homicides in Indy over weekend
INDIANAPOLIS – The names of several people killed in a series of shootings in Indianapolis over the weekend have been released.
The last in the series of killings took place Sunday evening at the Amber Woods Apartments along Mitthoeffer Road.
Two men were shot dead along John Marshall Drive. One of those victims, Chandler Beach, 21, died of her injuries.
This murder marked the fourth homicide in just 13 months at the same compound.
“It’s disturbing and frustrating,” said Reverend James Jackson.
Reverend Jackson is the pastor of Fervent Prayer Church, which is less than one mile from the Amber Woods Apartments.
In May, DaShay Thomas was shot dead in an apartment on John Marshall Drive. In April, Lamar Pittman was killed in his apartment on John Jay Drive. In July of last year, someone murdered Timothy Bean Jr. in another apartment on John Marshall Drive.
“Well, it’s very disturbing,” Jackson said. “We need a coalition of people who know how to solve this kind of problem to galvanize around the problem and solve the problem.”
Of course, violence is not limited to this one property.
Matthew Mattingly was found dead in a ditch along West 56th Street near the Eagle Creek Reservoir on Sunday. Luis Mercado Perez was shot dead in the 4200 block of North Wittfield Street. Police say a family member killed Tyshune Neely on Eugene Street.
The violence left IMPD officers tired and upset over the weekend.
“It is heartbreaking and heartbreaking,” said Samone Burris, an IMPD agent.
The weekend murders brought the total number of homicides for the year to 176 and police and Pastor Jackson agree partnerships are key to bringing those numbers down.
“Crime happens everywhere and unfortunately there is no way to contain it if we don’t work together,” Burris said.
“I hope our city leaders find a way to unite,” Jackson said. “It’s politically complicated, but we have to put politics aside and fix the problems.”
Three of the four recent homicides at Amber Woods remain unsolved.
Anyone with information about an unsolved homicide is always urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477). Tips at Crime Stoppers are anonymous and may result in a cash reward.
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