Pizza delivery workers talk after co-worker murdered

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Days after pizza delivery driver John Sullivan was found dead in the basement of a dog shelter, his co-workers talk about how they will remember him.

“He was the nicest guy you’d ever want to meet,” said James Copas.

Sullivan, 49, was a pizza delivery driver for Just Pizza on Indy’s west side. His co-workers say he was described as a loving man.

“Really good guy; help you out, do anything for you know. It’s hard to believe something like that would happen to him you know,” Copas said.

“It’s shocking, it’s disturbing, it’s difficult for business, but it’s difficult for us personally a lot of us were very close,” said Justin Knapp.

“We all knew John for years and so it’s difficult to have something so disturbing happen to anyone, but let alone someone one we can trust and who was so generous in spirit and who was a good worker and a good man,” he said.

At the More Than Just Pizza location on the east side, workers didn’t know Sullivan, but they are making pizzas to raise money for his family.

“It’s really a sad thing; you don’t never want to see somebody get hurt when they go to work,” Copas said.

Something Copas thinks about all the time.

“We’ve always got to be careful and I take the Lord me everywhere I go,” Copas said.

“A lot of us were literally family; some of us are related to one another including John and so this is too raw to be back here working again,” Knapp said.

Police have said little about what happened, Knapp said Sullivan delivered a pizza Saturday night but never returned. Knapp said several hours later they went looking for him and even filed a missing persons report.

woman Sullivan’s body at All About Dogs Rescue over the weekend. Police arrested two people in Wyoming Tuesday afternoon in connection to the murder.

Police have identified the suspects as 26-year-old Jeremiah Roberts and 22-year-old Derek Romano. They did not immediately release their mug shots because they want to use them in a police line-up. Police said Sullivan’s car was also recovered.

Sullivan’s family says they were too distraught to talk on camera. Funeral arrangements for Sullivan are pending. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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