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Teenage siblings shot dead in apartment on Indy's northeast side

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Posted at 8:47 AM, Aug 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-23 16:14:36-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Family members have identified the teenage brother and sister who were shot and killed in an Indianapolis apartment on Friday.

Family members said the victims are Nicholas Nelson, 16, and his sister, Ashlynn Nelson, 15.

The victim's in this morning's double homicide are teenage siblings, officials with Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department confirmed.

The victims were newly-enrolled students at Lawrence North High School, according to officials from Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township.

Here's the district's full statement:

The MSD of Lawrence Township is saddened to share that the siblings killed in this morning’s double homicide were both recently enrolled students at Lawrence North High School. We are working alongside the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and stand ready to support the Lawrence North High School community in any way.

An aunt said they were really good kids who stayed to themselves.

The teens' mom said Nicholas had a 4.6 GPA and was hoping to attend Purdue University. She said Ashlynn was quiet but a nice young girl.

IMPD released several photos of the suspect.

IMPD has released these photos of the suspect in the shooting death of teenage siblings on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019.

Indianapolis police are asking for the public's help in finding those responsible for a double-murder on the city's northeast side, Friday morning.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Public Information Officer Genae Cook says two people were shot to death inside an apartment at Postbrook Apartments, near East 42nd Street and North Post Road.

Officers arrived just before 7:30 a.m. and saw a possible suspect running from the scene. Members of the SWAT team and police dogs were called out to search.

Cook says it's possible there are people at the apartment complex who have information that could help detectives in their investigation. She's asking those people to come forward. Additionally, tips can be called in at: 317-262-TIPS.