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Families looking for answers in Indianapolis unsolved homicide cases

Posted at 11:13 PM, Dec 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-17 23:13:43-05

INDIANAPOLIS — More than three months after a man was shot and killed as he sat in his own driveway, his family is pleading with the community to help solve the case.

Shane Spells, a 24-year-old postal worker, was killed over the Labor Day weekend and is just one of the several unsolved homicides in Indianapolis this year.

So far this year, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department detectives have investigated at least 147 homicides.

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"Shane was killed on labor day weekend and we're going into the Christmas Holiday Season and we are still searching for answers," Shawn Spells, Shane's mother, said.

On Tuesday night, his name was one of several read at a vigil hosted by the Grace Apostolic Church and IMPD.

"Just like tonight they were calling Shane's name just a little over a year ago, they were calling his name while he was graduating," Duane Spells Sr., Shane's father, said. "This right here tonight was extremely hard just thinking of my son's gone."

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The families gathered at the church are asking for anyone with information on any of the unsolved cases tonight to come forward with information.

"It's rough because that's all we think about because we don't know who's who," Shawn said. "Like my husband said we go to the mall and we don't know if the person is walking right past us. We don't know. The unknown is really scary."

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