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Woman fatally stabbed during fight at Meridian and Vermont in Downtown Indianapolis: Police

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Meridian and Vermont stabbing
Meridian and Vermont stabbing
Posted at 5:59 PM, May 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-07 12:27:30-04

INDIANAPOLIS — A homicide investigation is underway after a woman was stabbed to death during a fight late Thursday in Downtown Indianapolis, according to police.

Officers found the Taylor George, 24, with "injuries consistent with trauma or stab wounds" while responding to a reported disturbance about 5 p.m. to the 300 block of North Meridian Street, said IMPD Officer William Young. That's about a half-mile from the Indiana War Memorial.

Police rendered medical aid to George until medics arrived to transport her to a local hospital in critical condition, Young said. It was there she was pronounced dead.

"We will be out here for some time trying to piece together what occurred," Young said, adding that homicide detectives were canvassing the area. "We're hoping someone saw something."

On Sunday, IMPD officers with the FBI Safe Streets Task Force arrested Agripino Rivera, 43, in connection with the homicide, Young said in an email. Marion County prosecutors formally charged Rivera with murder on May 24, records show.

This is Indianapolis' 82nd confirmed homicide since the beginning of the year, Young said. It's also the second stabbing to happen in that area this week.

Police responded about 6 p.m. Monday police responded to a separate stabbing at East Vermont and North Pennsylvania streets. It was initially reported as two people stabbed but was later determined to be just one.

That part of town is typically very busy, Young said. There was a food giveaway taking place in the area where the stabbing occurred Thursday, but it's not yet clear if it's connected.

When asked about whether the community had expressed concerns, Young said it is "a matter of conflict resolution."

Anyone with more information was urged to contact IMPD homicide detectives at 317-327-3475 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477 (TIPS).