Name released of woman found stabbed inside burning home

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Indianapolis Metro Police Detectives are investigating the stabbing of a woman who was found inside a burning home on the city’s west side Monday.

Firefighters responded to a 911 call just before 8:30 a.m. in the 1100 block of Centennial Street.

As fire crews made their way inside the house, they found 18-year-old Helen Lopez suffering multiple stab wounds in the front room.

“She was the only person they found immediately when they went inside the front door,” said IFD Captain, Rita Burris. “She was in that front room.”

Lopez was rushed to Wishard Hospital, where police say she has stabilized as of early Monday evening.

The owner of the home, Javier Acosta, said the victim is his son’s girlfriend. He said she and his son have lived together in the home for only a couple months.

Neighbors said the boyfriend had already left for work when the fire started. IMPD has not confirmed that, though.

Acosta said he’s not aware of anyone who would want to target the couple or the house they live in. IMPD records show several prior runs to the house over the last few years for various incidents but none of them involved the woman or her boyfriend.

Neighbors said the house has a history of drug trafficking, but they don’t believe that took place in the last couple months since the couple moved in.

“I’ve lived here 15 years, and these guys here were no trouble at all,” said neighbor Ricky Shearer.  “I mean probably some of the best neighbors you’d want to have.”

IMPD is not confirming that the boyfriend has been questioned in the case, although he was seen sitting in the passenger seat of a police car at the scene of the fire. Acosta also told Fox59 that his son had been questioned by police.

IMPD has not announced any suspects or persons of interest.

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