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Family, friends offer reward to find suspect in Indy man's death

Posted at 6:23 PM, Jul 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-02 18:23:52-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Thursday marks five months since an Indianapolis father was killed at his west side home. Despite surveillance photos being released of the suspect's vehicle there has not been an arrest in the case.

Family and friends are offering a reward for information that leads to an arrest in the case.

"The fact that we don't even know what happened is the hardest thing," Kathleen Roberts said. "We don't know what happened or why."

On July 4, Steven Jamell would have celebrated his 43rd birthday.

"He was a little rough around the edges but he was a really good guy and he was a really good father," Roberts said.

Roberts and Jamell dated for eight years. They lived together in a home on Rockville Road.

"He was a good guy," Roberts said. "We had plans. I found out after the fact he had been ring shopping."

On Feb. 2, within a matter of seconds, the plans these two had were cut short. Neighbors called Roberts, who was at work, around midnight saying they heard gunshots.

"My neighbors walked outside when they heard the gunshots and saw two people in our backyard inside of the gate and they took off running," Roberts said. "My neighbors tried to chase him but they fired shots back at my neighbors."

Roberts immediately left work. She knew Jamell had been at a friend's house preparing food for a Super Bowl party.

"I'm calling him and calling him, he's not answering," Roberts said. "It wasn't in my head he was home. It still took them a little over three hours to tell me it was Steve."

Detectives said Jamell was followed by the suspect from Washington Street to his home on Rockville Road near Holt Road. He was found shot to death behind their backyard fence. Police released photos of the suspect vehicle and are asking for the public's help finding it.


"Somebody knows something," Roberts said. "If you think about it this way, if you don't want to say something because you're afraid of someone you love getting in trouble at least you could go visit them. He's gone. We can't go see him in jail, we can't talk to him, he can't be a father anymore and it's not fair."

Family and friends of Steven Jamell are offering a $10,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest or conviction in his case.

Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.