A 17-year-old relative has been arrested in the Indianapolis slaying that left five members of the same family and an unborn child dead, according to local reports.
The juvenile, who was not named because of his age, is charged in the murders of Kezzie Childs, 42, Raymond Childs Jr., 42, their 18-year-old son Elijah, 13-year-old daughter Rita, 19-year-old Kiara Hawkins, and her unborn child, “Baby Boy Hawkins,” according to police and local station WRTV.
The teen — reportedly a member of the tragic family — also faces charges of intentional manslaughter with a handgun and attempted murder.
The victims were found riddled with gunshot wounds at a home on the city’s northeast side Sunday morning.
A sixth victim — a teenage boy — is in critical condition but is expected to survive his gunshot wounds, police said.
“Yesterday, we promised swift justice for this heinous act. Today, we delivered on that promise,” Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Chief Randal Taylor said in a tweet.
“While removing the alleged perpetrator of yesterday’s mass murder from our neighborhoods does not bring back the lives senselessly lost, hopefully, it will bring us one step closer to healing as a community,” Taylor continued.
The suspect appears to have acted alone in the targeted attack, officials said. A motive has not been released.
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SOURCE: New York Post, Jesse O’Neill