Saturday, December 27, 2008
Double Homicide Victims "Lived Alternative Lifestyles"
Indianapolis' latest homicide victims, two males who lived together on Rosslyn Avenue near Keystone Avenue and Kessler Blvd, "lived an alternative lifestyle" and were targeted, not random victims according to IMPD Lt. Kevin Kelly. You can click on this link to WTHR and listen to the video which accompanies the story and watch Kelly's statement to the media. Although Kelly did not expound on what he meant by "alternative lifestyle", police often use the term when referring to a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. Both of the victims, 34-year-old Avery Elzy and 22-year-old Michael Hunt, have prior criminal records for drug-related arrests. Police have not determined the motive for the crime, but they have a person of interest who may be driving Elzy's car, a blue, 4-door 2001 Mercury Sable with "sexy and independent" painted on the trunk. The person of interest is believed to be from the Marion or Ft. Wayne area. If it turns out the victims were killed because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, IMPD would not categorize it as a hate crime because the department stopped tracking hate crimes a couple of years ago.