The two women killed Monday on Hovey Street had romantic ties to men implicated in drug cases, but police say it is too early to know whether the killings were related to drugs.
Gina Hunt, 24, one of the victims in Monday night's quadruple homicide in the 3200 block of Hovey Street, had a child with Demarcus "CoCo" Garner, 29, one of 21 people indicted in August on federal charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine in the so-called "Haughville syndicate." Andrea Yarrell, 24, another victim Monday night, had been involved with Gene Boyd, who is serving time in a drug case, according to his mother, Annie Boyd.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Chief Michael Spears would not comment on any possible connection between the victims of Monday night's shootings and the Haughville syndicate or other drug rings or violent crimes in the Indianapolis area.
"I suppose anything's possible at this point," Spears said. "This investigation is so fresh that I'm not going to rule out anything. I can't tell you with accuracy or certainty that there is a link at this point. We are investigating every possible circumstance."
Ryckaert identifies the owner of the house where the shootings took place as James Walker, but he was unable to reach him for comment. As to that September break-in where the women and children were held at gunpoint by two gunmen, Ryckaert says the men were looking for a "Dick Walker." James Walker told police at that time the men were looking for him because he witnessed the broad daylight fatal shooting of Tyree Knox a few days earlier. Ryckaert notes that Chief Spears claimed that the breakup of the Haughville syndicate at the time had reduced the number of homicides in the city.
UPDATE: Police take a possible suspect into custody today in connection with the shootings, but it raises more questions about the problem with our criminal justice system. In 2005, Zarumin Coleman, Jr., 21, was convicted of attempted armed robbery. He served only 18 months for that crime and was placed in a community corrections program according to the Star. There was already an outstanding warrant out for Coleman's arrest for violating the terms of his release.
UPDATE II: Another two men have been taken into custody by police in connection with the shootings. Jasper Frazier, 36, turned himself in to police in Toledo, Ohio. Frazier has told police he was present during Monday night's slaying but says he didn't pull the trigger. "I ain't kill them kids, man," Frazier said, speaking from Toledo, Ohio. "I'm not running. I'm turning myself in with my family.""The people that killed the kids, they was going to kill me." Frazier would appear to be a product of our city's public school system judging from his grammar. Police have also taken into custody a third man, Tommy Warren, 24, on an unrelated warrant for questioning.