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Site Of Family Murders To Be Torn Down

Last updated on Thursday, April 1, 2010

(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) - The ill-fated home at 560 North Hamilton in Indianapolis—where seven family members were murdered June 1, 2006—will be torn down.

Administrative law judge John Krause has affirmed the city's demolition order. The house could come down within 60 days, after a contractor is chosen in the bidding process.

Those who still make their homes in the 500 block of North Hamilton agree with the city's assessment that the house is a safety hazard. There have been two fires in the house, blamed on arson, since the murders.

Two men were convicted of the killings. The arsons remain unsolved.

It's up to the heirs of murder victim Emma Valdez, then the owner of the house, to determine whether the site remains a vacant lot. Dodson and others who live nearby would like to see a memorial park.

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