INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The family of a woman killed in a quadruple homicide last year celebrated what would have been her 22nd birthday Saturday.
Haley Navarra’s friends said they struggle to find peace as they huddled around her grave site to celebrate her life.
They prayed together and released balloons to the sky.
“A lot of people say it will get easier as the days go on; it hasn’t. I feel like it just happened,” said Haley’s friend, Lauren Warholak.
The then-21-year-old was the fourth person found murdered in a home in February of 2014. Police said Navarra was gunned down by Kenneth “Cody” Rackemann.
“She was shot in the neck and begged for her life. He then shot her in the head until he ran out of bullets. She planned on going to school to be a medical assistant. That was taken away from her and the person who killed her has absolutely no remorse,” said Trisa Alvarado, Haley’s mother.
The day before Haley’s family planned to meet at her final resting place inside New Crown Cemetery, they received a devastating update.
“Rackemann initially agreed to a plea deal and then at the last minute in court he backed out. We have to relive this and see him all over again,” said Hayley’s uncle, Darrell Greybull.
The Marion County Prosecutors Offices said they will seek the death penalty. If Rackemann would have followed through with the plea agreement, he would have spent life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Kenneth “Cody” Rackemann’s pretrial hearing is scheduled for January.