Indianapolis, Indiana was rocked to its core by the senseless killings of two women, a toddler and a baby who were shot multiple times while being held in their mother’s arms.
Police are searching for two men who were seen running from the home.
The victims were Charlii Yarrell, 4 months; Charlii’s mother, Andrea Yarrell, 24; Jordan Hunt, 23 months; and Jordan’s mother, Gina Hunt, 24.
The two women and the toddler died at the scene. Four-month-old Charlii Yarrell was taken to Methodist Hospital with several gun shot wounds. She died a few hours later.
Police initially investigated a burglary at a vacant house late Monday night. A short time later they were called again about gunshots being fired across the street from the vacant house. Police entered the home through a broken window and found the bodies.
A set of electronic scales, a safe, a pound marijuana and several long guns were found in the house, according to police. Two handguns were later found in the street near the home.
The story has received national press coverage and more than 80 investigators have been assigned to the case. The murders are a top priority for every uniformed law enforcement officer in Indianapolis. “Whoever is responsible for this, we’re going to track you down like dogs,” Marion County Sheriff Frank Anderson said. “We’re not going to stop until we find you and put you in a cage where you belong.”
2 face murder charges in deaths
‘Public can rest well,’ according to police chief
January 20, 2008
Two Indianapolis men are preliminarily charged with murder and two others with conspiracy to commit robbery in the Near-Northside slayings of two mothers and their two children, police announced late Saturday.
The men face initial court hearings and formal charges Tuesday, law enforcement officers said in a news conference in a Marion County sheriff’s office conference room.
The arrests and initial charges came just five days after Gina Hunt, 24, and her 23-month-old son, Jordan, and Andrea Yarrell, 24, and her 4-month-old daughter, Charlii, were gunned down in a house in the 3200 block of Hovey Street.
Those in custody are:
Dontae Hobson, 30, and Ronald Davis, 30, both initially charged with four counts of murder.
Zarumin Coleman, 21, and Jasper Frazier, 35, both initially charged with conspiracy to commit robbery.
All four also are initially charged with other crimes related to the case, police said.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Chief Michael Spears would not release any information on a possible motive for the shooting deaths or on any relationship between the men and the four victims.
“Right now we are developing leads and still trying to find information,” said Spears, who would not say if there might be other suspects. “Anything is possible at this point. But I believe the public can rest well this evening.”
More than 80 law enforcement officers have intensely worked the case since the Monday night slayings.
The initial charges were announced several hours after funeral services for the Hunts. Services are scheduled Monday for Yarrell and her daughter.
At the Hunts’ funeral, Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi said that the brutal nature of the killings shook the conscience of the community, prompting people to provide information who otherwise might have stayed silent.
The mothers were holding their children as all were gunned down, police have said.
At Saturday night’s news conference, Brizzi said the four men face formal charges from his office Tuesday.
Metropolitan Police Detectives Tom Lehn and Jeff Wager are the lead investigators on the case. Police put a command center in the neighborhood, which lies just north of 30th Street between College and Keystone avenues.
Investigators say they still are searching for evidence, including information on a Colts license plate with the number IC8863, which they say is missing from a car they believed was used in the getaways after the shootings.
Shortly after the slayings, Marion County Sheriff Frank Anderson warned the perpetrators, “There’s a special place in hell for you. And we’re going to see that you get there.”
Late Saturday, the sheriff followed up on his remarks in the wake of the initial charges.
“To the victims, I hope they rest in peace,” he said. “To the ones who did this, I hope there is no peace for them.”
SAINTS, THIS IS A TRAGEDY! MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE FAMILY OF THE 4 VICTIMS YOU SEE PICTURED ABOVE. THE ONLY THING THAT GOES THROUGH MY MIND IS, DID THESE SOULS KNOW WHO JESUS WAS? IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE THAT AS SAVED BELIEVERS WE WITNESS TO AS MANY SOULS AS POSSIBLE SO THAT IF DEATH COMES, WE WILL ALL BE READY! WE MUST LIVE EACH DAY AS OUR LAST DAY! WE ARE TRULY LIVING IN THE LAST DAYS AND WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR CALLING AND ELECTION IS SURE! IRONICALLY THE FUNERAL TOOK PLACE AT CHRIST CHURCH APOSTOLIC IN INDIANAPOLIS, IN (WHAT IRONY, I FOUND A PRAISE BREAK CLIP FROM THEIR NEW YEARS EVE SERVICE, I WONDER IF THEY CHURCHED LIKE THIS AT THE FUNERAL???)
TAKE TIME TODAY TO WITNESS TO SOMEONE TODAY BEFORE ITS TOO LATE!