East side residents frustrated at violence plaguing their community

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Indianapolis Metro Police are investigating the death of 24-year-old Robert Shorter after he was found in the Town and Terrace Apartments near 42nd and Post Road Thursday.

A property maintenance worker who was weed-eating the grounds in the 4000 block of Essex Court discovered the body along a sidewalk near a creek just before 9 a.m.

The maintenance worker told Fox59 News that he had cut the grass in the area a week ago and believes Shorter was not there long.

It’s just the latest homicide to happen in Indianapolis and neighbors are frustrated about the recent violence in their own backyards.

“I’m shook up. I mean at the same time I am praying and just hope the violence stops,” said Lawanna Gibson.

One man, who did not want to be identified, said many people living in the area are becoming desensitized by the violence because it will not make a difference in their neighborhood.

“It’s a tragedy, but I just don’t care anymore. I know it’s gonna happen and this is not gonna be the last dead body. It’s not gonna change anything.”

The man also said the rundown neighborhood is a haven for crime.

“If it could actually get cleaned up, remodeled and people friendly this would be a good place, but I don’t see it happening. Nobody cares about so-called ghettos.”

One woman who lives close to where Shorter was found said she heard two distinct gun shots fired at around 5 a.m. Thursday morning.

An autopsy is scheduled to determine the cause and manner of death.

If you know anything about this, police encourage you to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.

In 2007, Shorter was convicted of possession in Marion County and served a four year sentence.