These are the victims of the Indianapolis FedEx mass shooting

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INDIANAPOLIS — Thursday night’s mass shooting at the FedEx ground facility claimed eight lives and left many more critically wounded.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department identified the suspect in a shooting at an Indianapolis FedEx facility as Brandon Scott Hole, 19, of Indiana. Police say Hole took his own life after killing eight people and injuring several others at a FedEx Ground facility.

On Friday, the Marion County Coroner’s Office identified the eight victims, including:

  • 32-year-old Matthew R Alexander
  • 19-year-old Samaria Blackwell
  • 66-year-old Amarjeet Johal
  • 50-year-old Jasvinder Kaur
  • 68-year-old Jaswinder Singh
  • 48-year-old Amarjit Sekhon
  • 19-year-old Karli Smith
  • 74-year-old John Weisert

Matthew Alexander was from Avon, Indiana and was a former student at Butler University. While at Avon High School, Matthew was on the baseball team.

On Saturday, the baseball team’s game began with a memorial to Matthew. His family and several of his former teammates attended the game.

Butler University released a statement saying:

The Butler community is mourning the loss of Matthew Alexander, a former student who was killed tragically along with seven others at the FedEx facility in Indianapolis. We want to extend our deepest sympathies to Matthew’s friends and families during this time of great sorrow.

Family members of Samaria Blackwell set up a GoFundMe to help pay for funeral expenses. Her parents released a statement, thanking the community for their support.

“We are thankful for the outpouring of love and support for our family. We are also praying for the families of the other victims of this tragedy. As Samaria’s parents, we were blessed by the Lord to have such a fun-loving, caring daughter as the baby of our family. Being the baby, she looked up to her siblings Elijah, Levi, and Michaiah, who, along with her dog Jasper, will miss her immensely. Samaria was tenacious in everything she did, from playing basketball and soccer to being a lifeguard for Indy Parks. On the court or the soccer field, she had a tough game face, but that quickly turned to a smile outside of competition. Samaria loved people, especially those of advanced age. She always found time to invest in the older generation, whether it was by listening or serving. She spent many hours helping Memaw Sue, from mulching flower beds to setting up Christmas decorations. As an intelligent, straight A student, Samaria could have done anything she chose to put her mind to, and because she loved helping people, she dreamed of becoming a police officer. Although that dream has been cut short, we believe that right now she is rejoicing in heaven with her Savior. Philippians 1:6 says, “I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion…” For Samaria, that work is completed and she is sitting with Jesus today. On this side of heaven we grieve, but not as those who have no hope, for we recognize Samaria’s life has only just begun.”

Jeff and Tammi Blackwell

The granddaughter of Amarjeet Johal sent us a statement, saying her family is traumatized by Thursday night’s events.

 I have several family members who work at the particular facility and are traumatized. My nani, my family, and our families should not feel unsafe at work, at their place of worship, or anywhere. Enough is enough–our community has been through enough trauma. 

Komal Chohan

Family members of Amarjit Sekhon set up a GoFundMe, hoping to raise money for funeral services and medical expenses for all families involved.

My aunt Amarjit was an amazing mother, wife, sister, daughter, aunt, and loving friend.  She will be greatly missed, but her memory will live on in our hearts forever. We love and miss you. Amarjit leaves behind two beautiful boys who will be looked after by their father, who struggles from paralysis. 

As my family comes together during this difficult time to support the boys and their father, we have created this page with a hope to raise funds and extend financial support for funeral services and medical expenses for all the families affected. 

Gurleen Gill, organizer of GoFundMe fundraiser

Karli Smith was a graduate of Indianapolis Public Schools. IPS released a statement Saturday reading:

Indianapolis Public Schools is devastated to learn about the loss of Karli Smith by this latest round of gun violence. Karli was a longtime IPS student and graduate. She attended Daniel Webster School 46 through most of elementary and middle school, and Crispus Attucks and George Washington high schools. She graduated in 2020 from George Washington, where she was known as a hardworking and dedicated student. While at Crispus Attucks, she played on the softball team and was loved by her teammates and coaches. She also played basketball and volleyball during middle school at Daniel Webster. Administrators, teachers and classmates remember Karli for her sense of humor that often generated smiles and laughter. Karli was a bright light wherever she went. She will be dearly missed by all throughout IPS who knew and loved her.

John Weisert was from Zionsville. Before his death was confirmed, we spoke with his wife of 49 years. She said he was a retired engineer who got this job four years ago to help pay off some extra debt the couple had accumulated. This fall would have been their 50th wedding anniversary.

No motive has been released at this time. IMPD Chief Randal Taylor said Friday morning they may never know “all the ins and outs about why this occurred.”

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