Unsolved homicides have IMPD detectives hitting the streets this holiday

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Many will be taking time off from work to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday but that’s not the case for several IMPD detectives.

Hundreds of murder cases remain unsolved in Indianapolis, and it’s just one of the many reasons why detectives will continue to hit the streets for clues.

2015 has been a busy year for the Victim’s Assistance and Homicide Unit. There are currently 64 murder cases to date that remain unsolved, not including last year’s numbers.

Robert Hoskins’ mother is still awaiting answers and justice. In September 2014, her son was shot near the 3200 block of Orchard Avenue.

“It happened during a house party. Someone has to know something. Man up and come forward,” said Robert’s relative, Isaiah Davenport.

IMPD said the case remains open.

“No new leads have come in and no new information is available on the Robert Hoskins case at this,” said Rafael Diaz with IMPD.

The 19-year-old victim’s family hopes that changes soon. They started an online petition in his honor and have collected 400 hand written signatures and welcome all to join their quest for change.

The petition is called ‘Signatures to End Gun Violence’ and the family wants people caught carrying a gun without a permit to face 20 to 50 years behind bars.

“I plan on presenting this to Indiana lawmakers. Change needs to happen. I will never get my son back and yes, I want to know why. We need to make the streets safer,” said Robert Hoskins’ mother, Lakesha Sargent.

A $1,000 reward is available to anyone who relays information that leads to a felony arrest in the Hoskin’s case. The anonymous Crime Stoppers hotline number is 317-262-TIPS.

To help with the online petition, click here.

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