Police make four arrests in quadruple slaying on southeast side

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INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 24, 2014) – Indianapolis Metropolitan police have made multiple arrests in the fatal shooting of four people inside a home on the southeast side.

The suspects have been identified as Kenneth Rackemann, 24, Samantha Bradley, 20, Valencia Williams, 21, and Anthony Larussa, 26.  Official charges are still pending.

The four were arrested in connection with Thursday’s shooting, which killed 21-year-old Hayley Navarra, 22-year-old Kristy Mae Sanchez, 43-year-old Jacob Rodemich and 47-year-old Walter Burnell. Their bodies were found around 8 p.m. last Thursday in a house located in the 3200 block of South Parker Avenue.

Police said the suspects knew the victims and went to the house with the intent to rob the victims of drugs and money.

A source told FOX59 News that a resident of the Westlake Apartments discovered evidence in connection with the killings in a dumpster early Saturday morning. The source said the resident found a garbage bag containing clothes, an identification card, keys, a wallet and a laptop computer and cell phone of one of the victims.

Detectives reportedly searched that dumpster and seized the garbage bag full of evidence before returning to the apartment complex on Sunday.

The South Parker Avenue murders accounted for half of the eight homicides that took place in less than a day last week.

Soon after the shootings, police said they did not believe the killings were random. Each of the homicide victims has a prior criminal history and detectives say criminal activity was taking place in the house where the killings happened. A police report from last October showed Burnell was living in the house when police found cocaine, cash and at least one illegal gun in the home.

“The past few days have been challenging and tragic for our city,” said Chief Rick Hite.  “Who we are as a people and as a city is not defined by a few evil-doers, but rather by those who stand up and say enough is enough and by those who help identify people involved in crime.  We need our community to wrap its arms around each other and our police department.  I also want to say thank you to the men and women of IMPD for all your hard-work as you go about making the city safe.”

Detectives urge anyone with information about this incident to call IMPD at 317-327-3475.  Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers of Indiana at 317-262-TIPS (8477).  Callers may also text “INDYCS” plus tip information to 274627 (CRIMES).