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12 Murders, 9 Days, 1 City

Last updated on Thursday, July 10, 2008

((INDIANAPOLIS) - More than 50 people have been killed in Indianapolis as a result of homicide so far this year and at least a dozen in the last nine days.

Police are investigating the 12th murder in nine days in Indianapolis. IMPD's Lieutenant Jeff Duhammel says police were called to a home on the city's Northside at 9:00 Wednesday morning. It's possible she was shot in front of her four children, ages 3 to eleven. Police are not yet releasing her name.

The children are safe. Police Duhammel says the suspect in the shooting is a female described as black, five feet five with a medium build, wearing a green windbreaker, white t-shirt and jeans. She may also be wearing glasses. Beyond the loss of life and the grief are the survivors.

Often overlooked, those who must confront the anguish of a sudden, often devastating end to a loved one's life are left to make sense of an often senseless act. Support is available through Legacy House, located at 2505 N. Arlington Avenue in Indianapolis.

Legacy House is a service center for adults and children affected by all types of violence including homicide, domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, stalking, robbery and burglary. Therapeutic services include individual and family counseling, support groups and children's services such as play, art and talk therapy.

Additional services include applications for emergency protective orders, emergency cell phone distribution, application assistance for the Indiana victims of violent crime compensation fund, safety planning and community outreach and education. Services are provided free of charge.

Police ask you to call Crime Stoppers with any information on yesterday morning's murder at 262-TIPS.

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