INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 11, 2016)-- Ron Ray lived a tough life, hustling his family and dope dealers on the streets of Indianapolis, buying narcotics undercover for detectives. He struggled to stay clean, graduate from Ivy Tech and build a successful career as a mechanical engineer.
All the while, Ray assumed he was doomed.
“He told me about a year before that, he said, if anything ever happened to him to contact Russ McQuaid,” said Ray. “Because he was worried then maybe, because he was worried that something was going to happen to him.”
Happen it did when Ray’s mother went to check on him April 17, 2009, and she found her son shot to death on the couch of his home in the 5900 block of East 21st Street.
Ray had come looking for his brother that morning.
“I walked around, I heard people in the house,” he said. “I heard somebody say, ‘That’s his brother.’ I heard that as I walked by the dining room window.”
Ray and Detective Robert Flack of IMPD’s Homicide Unit agree that Ray knew his killer.
“Everday I think of a way. If there’s a possibility I immediately call Detective Flack with it,” said Robert. “Everyday his murder goes through my mind.”
Ryan Ray is also haunted by his father’s death.
“I think that the family members are the perfect people to help,” he said. “We know his habits over years and that’s the best way to solve a case like this is habits and what the person is and I think the family members to solve this is a great thing.”
The Ray family has provided tips over the years to Detective Flack that point fingers at those who knew Ron.
“You can’t hide the facts,” said Ryan, “and when someone that acts that suspicious you just can’t ignore it and so that with my uncle following through with this is the best bet because he knew my father better than anybody including myself.”
Flack said he appreciates the family’s patience and tips, but the speculations of loved ones don’t always add up to the filing of murder charges, especially when Ron Ray built up a laundry list of potential enemies over the years.
“He had things going wrong in his life he had a drug habit,” said Robert, “and still he was a human being.”
If you have information on the murder of Ron Ray in the spring of 2009 on Indianapolis’ east side, call Crimestoppers at (317) 262-TIPS.