Wife of man killed in teens’ citywide crime spree speaks out for first time

The wife of the man killed during a citywide crime spree last week is speaking publically for the first time since her husband’s homicide.

“My husband was my life, my best friend, my everything,” wrote Christy Yingling in a letter to Fox59 News.

On the morning of Feb. 13, Christy was speaking to her husband, 38-year-old John Yingling, on the phone while he was pulling out of his driveway in his pickup truck.  Christy reported hearing someone ask for her husband’s wallet and money, before the call was disconnected.  Christy called authorities, who arrived to the 3300 block of Babette Court, to find John Yingling deceased from a gunshot wound in the cab of his truck.

“It is so hard knowing that I heard the guy ask him for his money and wallet and that was the last thing I ever heard,” wrote Christy Yingling. “It is so hard knowing I couldn’t save him.  They took a wonderful husband, father, son, brother and friend away from so many.  There isn’t anything in this world that I wouldn’t do to bring him back.”

Sirquain Burr, 17, and a 15-year-old boy were arrested in connection with John’s murder, as well as several other crimes that took place that day.

Before Yingling’s death, prosecutors said Burr and the other juvenile robbed a woman at gunpoint in her garage and tried to rob a jogger. After shooting Yingling, the pair is accused of shooting a man who was walking his dog on the west side. They were in a stolen vehicle, police say, that officers spotted shortly after that shooting.

When officers tried to stop that vehicle—a blue Ford SUV—the teens drove off, starting a pursuit that ended in a multi-vehicle crash in Brownsburg.

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