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Deadly west side apartment fire in July ruled homicide-suicide

Posted at 12:24 PM, Oct 09, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS — The deaths of a boy and woman in a July apartment fire has been ruled a homicide-suicide, according to police.

Jeremiah Vinson, 12, and Keiyonaa Jones, 43, were killed after an apartment fire on July 15 in the 6500 block of Lupine Terrace, near West 34th Street and North High School Road, Indianapolis Fire Department Battalion Chief Rita Reith said in July.

Homicide detectives and the Marion County Coroner's Office ruled Vinson's death a homicide, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Officer Samone Burris said in a press release Friday. Jones died by suicide.

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Residents told firefighters they were alerted to the fire around 7:30 a.m. on July 15 and were able to safely get out of the building, Reith said.

Anyone with additional information on the incident is asked to call IMPD homicide detectives at 317-327-3475 or report tips anonymously to Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-TIPS (8477).

If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs immediate attention, call 911. You can reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.