Search still on for killer of four on southeast side, Police say not random

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INDIANAPOLIS — The police tape is gone, but it’s still a scene on South Parker Avenue.

“A bunch of people are looking at the house,” said James McKinney.

He’s doing construction on the house next door to the quadruple murder scene. He also lives nearby.

“It’s crazy for it being this close to home,” said McKinney. “Got kids around here, things like that. I don’t like it.”

IMPD detectives said a 911 call came in around 8 p.m. Thursday when someone found the bodies.

The first officer on scene discovered the victims. Three hours later when detectives got a search warrant, they confirmed the bodies of Hayley Navarra, 21, Kristy Mae Sanchez, 22, Jacob Rodemich, 43, and Walter Burnell, 47, all of Indianapolis, were inside. Burnell lived at the home. All had been shot to death.

“She was a good person,” said Darrell Grable, Navarra’s uncle. “What you guys see here, this is not really her. She’s just in bad times, rough times.”

“I would like to know who did it. That’s all. If they can come forward and face the consequences, that’d be nice. That’s all we want. We want closure.”

IMPD Chief Rick Hite said he has people of interest and the crime is not random. Chief Hite said all four victims have lengthy criminal histories, and the victims and people of interest have similarities.

“I wish they’d hurry up and catch them, get it taken care of, because I don’l like the fact that there’s a killer out there,” said McKinney.

Across the street, Mike Simpson was checking on his parents Friday. Him mom called about the killings and he rushed to their home.

“You hate for your neighborhood to be uprooted like this,” said Simpson. “Being this close to home, it concerns me.”

Anyone with information should call IMPD homicide detectives 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).

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