Family of Indy man gunned down outside his apartment asks public to help solve case

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The family of an Indianapolis man who was gunned down outside his apartment is pleading with the public to help solve the case.

The victim, 55-year-old Robert Aynes, was found fatally shot in a parking lot on Devington Road in early November. That’s just across the street from Arlington High School.

Robert’s wife found him when she left to go to work. Nearly a month later, his family is no closer to knowing who committed the crime or why.

"I just don’t understand why this happened and why this happened to my brother," said the victim's brother, Steve Aynes.

At the time of his death, Steve says his brother was likely outside working on his van as he did quite frequently, because the hood on the car was up on that car.

Officially, the motive remains unknown.

"Why somebody would do this, I don’t know. It’s really heartbreaking to me and the police need help to solve this," said Steve.

Robert worked as a mechanic and Steve described him as a loving brother, son, father and husband who didn’t have a criminal past, but somehow couldn’t escape falling victim to gun violence that is all too common in Indianapolis.

"It’s really hard to believe. I never would have thought this would have happened to my brother. He was a nice guy. He was honest and upstanding. You know he was the average guy next door. He didn’t deserve this. Nobody deserves to die this way," said Steve.

Unfortunately, on the night of the shooting, no one reported hearing the fatal gunshot and police have had very few witnesses step forward to help with the case. Robert's brother hopes that changes.

"Indianapolis police I know are very competent and they are on the case, but they don’t have anything to go on," said Aynes.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.