Site of double murder had residents concerned for years

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Last Friday, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers responded to the double homicide of Michael Whitfield and Lorenzo Clark. Officers found the two men inside a home in the 2400 block of Stuart Street.

Police have made no arrest in that investigation. Residents who live in that neighborhood called the home a nuisance problem for years.

24-Hour News 8 found 11 police reports filed on the home in the past four years. Some of the reports were for stabbings, fights and stolen property.

Residents expressed their frustrations about the home on Wednesday afternoon.

“People fussing, fighting, bottles being thrown and gunshots are repeatedly being heard in that area,” said a resident who wished to remain nameless.

According to East District Commander James Waters, officers have responded to the home numerous times before the murders. Waters even assigned a reserve, Lt. Bill Meyers, to respond to various complaints from the residents. The department has also called Marion County Health Department to review code violations in and around the home.

“If we see criminal activity we respond to it,” Waters said.

Currently, the home is empty because the Marion County Corner’s Office placed a seal on the front door. Police, Marion County prosecutors, and the Health Department are currently discussing the homes future.

Police are still actively taking tips in Whitifeld and Clark’s murder investigation. If you have any information call crime stoppers at 262-TIPS.

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