67-year-old man beaten to death inside his home marks 100th murder in Indy in 2019

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- An Indianapolis man is found beaten to death inside his own home.

According to IMPD, officers were dispatched around 3 p.m. Thursday to the 1500 block of Dawson Street. IEMS pronounced the man dead at the scene and homicide detectives were called. Detectives said the man had suffered trauma to his body.

The Marion County Coroner’s Office identified the deceased as 67-year-old William Edwards and said he died from multiple blunt force traumatic injuries. The coroner’s office ruled his death a homicide.

The comically tall air mailbox in front of Edwards’ home has the name Elvis painted in white, because neighbors say the victim was a huge fan of the king.

His killing marks the 100th criminal homicide in Indianapolis this year. That is lower than the 108 murders in the city at the same time last year, but the numbers are still way more than anyone wants to see.

“Whether or not it’s one homicide or 100 we take every single one seriously,” said IMPD Sgt. Grace Sibley.

The first killings in 2019 took place January 5th on Sharon Avenue, where two men in their late twenties identified as Christopher Johnson and Kenneth Valentine, were found stabbed to death.

Police say solving that case remains just as important as solving Edwards’ death.

“We treat every single homicide as the tragedy that it is,” said Sibley. “It’s important to remember our officers work tirelessly to bring the numbers down.”

To help reduce the violent crime rate, the IMPD will continue to emphasize a return to beat policing with officers walking specific neighborhoods and getting to know the public better.

That change is being made possible by the hiring of more police officers.

“It’s absolutely imperative for us to have an open relationship with the public so we can solve the homicides and just make a better community,” said Sibley.

Also later this month, the Indianapolis Foundation is set to award $2.5 million in crime prevention grants to support grassroots groups working to prevent violence, because police can’t fight crime on their own.

“It’s important for us to work with the community to solve these homicides. It’s a symbiotic relationship. We cannot do it without them,” said Sibley.

The victim’s friends say Edwards appeared to have been robbed, but police didn’t have any information on a motive.

So far no arrests have been made. Anyone with information should call the IMPD Homicide Office at (317) 327-3475 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at (317) 262-TIPS (8477).

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