INDIANAPOLIS — The husband of a woman recently murdered at a home on the Indianapolis north side has been arrested and faces charges in her death.
32-year-old Ashley Davis, who also went by Ashley Bell according to family, was shot to death on January 12th at a home in the 3900 block of North Boulevard Place. Her death was one of five murders to take place over a four hour period in the city that day.
Thursday, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department announced the arrest of the 35-year-old husband of Davis. We're not identifying him until the the Marion County Prosecutor's Office decides what charges the man will face.
"She was the life of the party. She kept a smile, loved her children and her family," Danyette Smith said that's how Bell's family told her about their loved who was killed. Smith is the founder of Silent No More, INC. It's a non-profit dedicated to helping people get out of relationships where they're being physically and emotionally abused.
"There are people out here who are survivors, like myself, that are willing to step in those shoes with you and walk you out of it, getting you the resources that are needed," Smith said.
Police have not released any more information about the circumstances surrounding Bell's killing, but Smith tells WRTV, this is another reminder that domestic violence is real and happening in our community. She says the pandemic has only made things worse.
"Since people are forced to stay in their homes, not go to work, and with the job decrease, it has really turned the numbers up for domestic violence and it has us working a lot," Smith said. She's hopeful our leaders, who are focusing on getting the coronavirus under control, also help deal with the ripple effect that pandemic is causing by offering assistance and funding to groups in the community who help people dealing with domestic violence.
"The small organizations, the grassroots organization need that funding so that way, we can go inside of the community. We can go to those doors and help those individuals who are facing domestic violence directly, more so than waiting on them to contact us," Smith said. "You don't have to stay. There are resources out here. Even if the shelters are full, there's funding out here that can get you placed in a safe environment."
Police have not released information on what led up to the fatal shooting and they are asking anyone with information about this incident to call the IMPD Homicide Office at 317.327.3475 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477.