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'Senseless Violence' Ended 4 Lives, Mayor Says

3 men and a woman were found dead in an Indianapolis apartment
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 6, 2020 7:10 PM CST
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Assistant Police Chief Chris Bailey talks with reporters after one woman and three men were found dead in an Indianapolis apartment.   (Grace Hollars/The Indianapolis Star via AP)
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(Newser) – Four young people who police say were fatally shot in an apartment in Indianapolis were killed in a targeted attack apparently "fueled by senseless violence," the city’s mayor said Thursday. Officers were sent to an apartment complex about 10:30pm Wednesday, the AP reports. Inside the apartment, officers found three men and one woman dead from apparent gunshots, police said. The Marion County Coroner's office identified the three slain men as Marcel Wills, 20, Braxton Ford, 21, and Jalen Roberts, 19; and the woman as 21-year-old Kimari Hunt. Police have made no arrests in the killings.

"We do not believe this was a random incident. We believe this was definitely a targeted incident," the deputy police chief said. A robbery may have preceded the killings, he said. Police Chief Randal Taylor said the department is "heartbroken for the families" but is focused on finding whoever is responsible. "There’s answers out there. There’s people who know,” Taylor said. Mayor Joe Hogsett decried the killings as an "incredible tragedy, one fueled by senseless violence." The mayor added: "In the blink of an eye four young lives have been lost—victims of a cycle of pain and hopelessness that has become all too common in our city and other urban areas across the country. This is not acceptable. This is not who we are as a city. This is not normal."

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