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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 22, 2015)-- Neighbors of an east side drug house where a man was shot to death said they weren’t surprised by the pre-dawn murder.

The man’s step-father expected the worst, too.

Jordan White, 23, died inside a house in the 3400 block of East 9th Street.

“There’s been a lot of drug activity, people coming and going all hours of the night. Prostitutes running in and out of there, go in, stay two or three minutes, come out, jump in vehicles, performing sex acts parked out here in the parking spaces along 9th Street,” said one neighbor. “These prostitutes are going out and turning tricks and bringing him the money to buy drugs with.

“He said, ‘I got meth, I got crack, I got pills, I got marijuana, I got it all,’” the neighbor quoted the drug dealer at the house.  “I seen four or five cars lined up down the alley here, going in the front door and coming out the back.”

Anthoney Hampden said he warned his step-son not to go to the house near 9th and Tuxedo Streets Wednesday night.

“We killing each other, we’re the ones gotta bury each other, we got to GoFundMe to bury somebody,” he said, “and nobody has health insurance, nobody has education, it’s everybody’s problem.”

It was just a week ago that Hampden invited FOX59 News to walk the streets of his South Butler-Tarkington neighborhood in a search for peace following four murders in eight weeks.

“People can call me the police, you can call me whatever you wanna call me,” said Hampden. “Its us killing us.”

Hampden and his supporters began an organization called WADE: Working Against Devils Everyday, named in honor of a friend who was murdered in August.

Last week, Hampden negotiated a truce between two warring groups in the South Butler-Tarkington area.

One of those group leaders told FOX59 he would tell his young men to put their guns away.

Hampden said keeping teenagers in school is the key to peace in the streets.

“They don’t have any education so we’re asking anybody that can help with GED funding, you know a GED cost 85 dollars. You can buy a gun cheaper than that,” said Hampden.  “All our kids got guns, none of them got GEDs.”