Homicide investigation underway after woman found dead on Indy’s near northwest side


Photo from scene on October 17, 2019, courtesy of Colby Thelen

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– A homicide investigation is underway after a woman was found dead in an alley on the near northwest side of Indianapolis.

JR Taylor stood in the morning sun on a sidewalk in the 1000 block of West 36th Street and peered past detectives, police cars and TV photographers crowded around the entry to a four-way alley.

“People getting shot, finding people in the alley dead,” said Taylor, shaking his head. “It’s not good to wake up to something like that.”

It was a rude awakening after a violent night that seemed to stretch along the 38th Street corridor from east to west.

At 8:37 p.m. Wednesday, two women were shot at an apartment complex in the 3400 block of East 38th Street. They are expected to survive their wounds. Less than an hour later, and not all that far away, a man was found dead in the 4100 block of Edgemere Court.

Wednesday night, three men were shot in a car at the intersection of West 30th Street and Capitol Avenue. They, too, are expected to survive.

Then it was just before 9 a.m. Thursday when a resident on West 37th Street looked out the back window of a home and spotted a body near the intersection of an alley just off the backyard.

“Our detectives will talk to neighbors and then we’ll talk to community members who may have heard something or may have been given information in regards to what happened this morning,” said Patrolman Aaron Hamer.

One neighbor said she heard two gunshots at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

An investigator said the woman’s body showed signs of violent trauma. Blood remained mixed with a puddle of water in the alley after a deputy coroner removed the woman’s body and police drove away.

JR Taylor said it’s not unusual to hear gunshots in his neighborhood.

“I do all the time, that’s why I kind of ignore them. I say, ‘Maybe it’s them young boys shooting up in the air testing they gun out,’ so I don’t go out to see. I don’t wanna get shot.

“Nighttime you don’t see nothing,” said Taylor.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department maintains it can’t solve most violent crimes without the community’s help.

If you know anything about these shootings, and want to earn a reward that could total up to $1000, call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477).

Taylor shook his head once more at the thought of a dead woman’s body being dumped in an alley near his home.

“I don’t understand these people, man,” he said. “Really. I wasn’t brought up like that.”

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