INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is investigating after two bodies were found on the northeast side of Indianapolis Wednesday morning.
According to police, officers were called to the 3000 block of North Gladstone Avenue just after 11 a.m. after blood was found in the residence. Family members began searching the area and discovered two men’s bodies in an alley in the 2900 block of Gladstone Avenue just before 1:30 p.m.
IMPD said crowds began gathering and more officers had to be called in to keep the peace. IMPD Chaplains came to comfort friends and family.
One of the men has been identified by family members as 25-year-old Mack Taylor.
Indy’s Deputy Mayor of Neighborhood Engagement David Hampton represented the city’s “community response team” at the double homicide scene Wednesday afternoon.
“To help with families, help with crowd control, just help at crime scenes to deescalate and offer support,” he said.
He said a major issue in combatting the ongoing crime is that residents who know vital information don’t tell police.
“I think much of the neighborhood is tired of what they see, I think they have an idea of who might be committing the murders but we can’t verify that for sure,” he said.
He also talked about a need to address causes of violence, like drug abuse.
Reverend Malachi Walker of Young Men Inc., an anti- violence mentoring group for kids and teens, is frustrated.
He said he’s tired of conversation and instead, wants action.
“They say they want to do something, but they’re not doing anything and I’m concerned about that,” he said.
He said pastors and the police can’t battle on the streets without the community’s support.
“It’s going to take a myriad of different organizations and people to really come together to stop this nonsense,” he said.
Marion County Corner will have family members identify the bodies. At one point, a argument started between to two different groups on the scene, before officers got involved.
IMPD did not have any information on possible leads. Call Crime Stoppers if you have any information at 262-TIPS, or 262-8477.