A 25-year-old pregnant woman has died after being shot and now, police are searching for her murderer.
Whitney Balsley was shot in the head inside a home in 1800 block of South Drexel Avenue shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday morning. Balsley’s fiancée, 27-year-old Gary Rife was also hit in the head. Both were taken to Wishard Hospital in critical condition.
Friends tell Fox59 News that Balsley was 7 weeks pregnant.
“She was really looking forward to becoming a mom and it got taken away from her,” said friend Aimee Whiteman.
Sunday night, Balsley was taken off life support.
“That’s the only thing she ever wanted out of life was to have a baby and be happy with Gary and have a family. That’s the only thing she ever wanted,” said Rife’s lontime friend Dean Whiteman.
Whiteman and his wife, Aimee, want people with information or the person that pulled the trigger to call police.
“Please step up and do the right thing, please,” said Dean.
“If anybody knows anything, please I’m begging you, just call whoever you got to because we want closure for a life that was taken far too early,” said Aimee.
The Whitemans said that metro police believe the shooting was drug related. Police say four other people were in the home at the time of the shooting. Detectives continue to investigate, but no arrests have been made.
An autopsy was conducted on Monday, but the Marion County Coroner has not released any information.
Rife was treated and released from Wishard Hospital Monday afternoon.