INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Four people have been arrested in connection to the deaths of four people Thursday night on the south side of Indianapolis, officials with Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said.
Kenneth Rackemann, 24, Samantha Bradley, 20, Valencia Williams, 21, and Anthony Larussa, 26, were arrested Sunday morning and late Sunday night as part of what IMPD is calling a “very sensitive and complex investigation.” It’s unclear what charges they face, and police are withholding their mug shots.
Investigators found evidence all over the city and received tips from citizens.
Hayley Navarra, 21, Kristy Mae Sanchez, 22, Jacob Rodemich, 43, and Walter Burnell, 47, all of Indianapolis, were found dead Thursday. They all had gunshot wounds. They were found in a home in the 3400 block of South Parker Avenue.
IMPD officials said the two groups of four were associates. IMPD believes the suspects went to the home to rob the four victims of drugs and money. The money was from the sale of illegal narcotics. During the robbery, Navarra, Sanchez, Rodemich and Burnell were killed.
“I think the fact that we knew who we were looking for, in terms of the conduct of the individuals involved, we knew how to at least, begin to connect the dots, relative to behavior and lifestyles of people who participate in these types of activities,” said IMPD Chief Rick Hite. “Sometimes there are implosions in organizations such as this.”
Family members of the youngest victim, Navarra, told 24-Hour News 8 they were relieved to hear of these latest arrests. They say she was in the wrong place at the wrong time that day.
“I thank God they caught them all, and I forgive them,” said Sue Clotz, Hayley’s grandmother.
“I just hope justice is served and I hope people can learn from what happened, and keep guns and this violence off the streets,” said Darrell Grable, Hayley’s uncle.
Family and friend’s of Hayley held a candlelight vigil Monday for her outside the home on South Parker, where she was killed.
“I’m hoping they seek the death penalty on these guys, because of what they did and how brutal it was,” said Rick Herald, a cousin of Hayley.
“We love you, and I’m sorry, that we couldn’t help you,” said Grable.
Hayley Navarra’s funeral is set for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Family says she and victim Sanchez were childhood friends.
Police say no charges have been filed yet against the four suspects. Prosecutors asked for a 72-hour hold.