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Despite arrest in fatal Broad Ripple shooting, most homicides still unsolved

Posted at 4:33 PM, Oct 26, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS -- Police made an arrest Wednesday in a high-profile killing earlier this month on the Broad Ripple strip – one of a minority of this year's 120 homicides that have moved out of the "unsolved" category.

As of this writing, 67 cases have not resulted in an arrest. That's just under 56 percent of all criminal homicides this year.

Those unsolved cases include some of the earliest of the year. Wesley Collins, Edward Rice and Christopher Carlson were killed on January 5, 7 and 8, respectively. All of their cases remain open.

They also include some of this year's youngest victims. On February 3, 16-year-old Jaylan Murray was shot and killed during an apparent robbery. In August, another 16-year-old, Theothus Carter, was killed on East 16th Street.

Neither case has seen an arrest.

Click the image below to see all of this year's unsolved cases:

Just like overall homicides, most of the victims of the unsolved cases are black men – about 70 percent of unsolved cases have black male victims, versus 67 percent of all homicide cases. In most of the cases, police haven't officially reported a motive. In the cases where they have, drugs are the most commonly suspected reason for the killing.

If you have information that can help solve one of Indianapolis' homicides, contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS. Your tip can be made anonymously. 

MAP | See all of 2016's criminal homicides