Family, friends of murdered Indianapolis man light candles for peace

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UPDATE: Octavio Gonzalez was found guilty of murder on Nov. 15, 2016. He was sentenced to 55 years in the Department of Correction in December 2016.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Aug. 16, 2014) -- Dozens of people spent their evening by candlelight, as a show of peace, to remember a man murdered in his east side home.

The family of Dexter Smith, 31, held a vigil to remember him, and to pray that his killer is found. There were all kinds of people at the vigil, everyone from Smith's closest relatives, to total strangers who wanted to show their support in their own way.

Smith was gunned down in his home on July 12. His wife came home that morning, and made the devastating discovery. Octavio Gonzales, once described as a family friend, is wanted in his murder. Until he's arrested, Smith's widow, QuaShawnda, is relying heavily on the love and support of her family.

"When something like this happens, it's very hard to deal with and we just have to go day by day. But, I have a big family, so my family is here for me and friends. He has a lot of friends, and they're here for me, so it's hard, but it's easy when they're here," she said.

Mrs. Smith says she has leads, but not the one leading to his arrest.

"Right now, it's harder because he's out there free and he's out there everyday living his life and even though he took a life of ours," Smith said. "It's just not fair to us."

Anyone with information about Gonzalez should call the IMPD Homicide Office at (317) 327-3475 or Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS (9477). Callers may also text “INDYCS” plus tip information to 274637 (CRIMES) or 888777 keyword “IMPD”.