INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The program director emeritus at the Indiana University School of Medicine was fatally shot inside his own home on Indy’s northwest side on Monday.
According to the coroner, Dr. Kevin Rodgers died of injuries sustained from gunshot wounds, and his death is being investigated as a homicide.
The circumstances leading up to Rodgers’ death are unclear at this time, and police are continuing to search for a suspect.
Rodgers started working for the IU School of Medicine in1998. Since 2000, he helped maintain a clinic in Haiti. He previously held several positions at Brooke Army Medical Center. He was also an assistant lacrosse coach at Cathedral High School.
Following a private prayer service at Cathedral High School Tuesday morning, friends and family said they were heartbroken over the death.
“It’s just been a whirlwind of emotions I’m going through from sadness to anger. Back and forth again,” said family friend Darolyn Davis.
Rodgers youngest son Danny is currently a senior at Cathedral and saw an outpouring of love according to Davis.
“Danny couldn’t sit because every kid wanted to hug him before he got to his seat and it was beautiful thing,” said Davis.
Danny Rodgers tweeted, “My dad was the type of person who would help anyone he came across and did just that every day of his life. Today’s events destroyed me and my entire family, but we will recover with the support of all of you.”
Rodgers is survived by his wife Ruth, who is a dean at Marian University, and his four sons.
In a statement Ruth said, “The Rodgers family is grateful for the outpouring of prayers and condolences received since learning of Kevin’s untimely passing.”
“It’s a heartbreaking and painful time,” said Cathedral head lacrosse coach Andy Gruber.
Rodgers worked as an assistant lacrosse coach at Cathedral since 2003. The team’s head coach praised Rodgers for volunteering so much of his time.
“He was doing amazing things saving people’s lives and he would rush over here to take part of this on a volunteer basis and he never acted like that was a big deal,” said Gruber.
“He was just a wonderful man. I can’t say enough. He would give you anything. He took his time saving lives,” said Davis.
In a Facebook post, Cathedral High School wrote that Rodgers died as a result of an attempted robbery, but police have not confirmed that motive.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward.
“It’s just a heartbreaking painful time”
Lacrosse coach at Cathedral High School talks about the death of beloved Indy Dr. Kevin Rodgers.
Rodgers volunteered at Cathedral as assistant coach.
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