Women found dead in burning car suffered gunshot wounds to heads

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Police said they are making progress on several homicide investigations that happened over the weekend in Indianapolis including one where they found two women dead in a burning car.

It happened just after midnight last Saturday near Goodlet Avenue and West 16th Street on the city’s west side.

The Marion County Coroner’s Office identified the victims as 24-year-old Martina Webb and 21-year-old Aliyah Igartua, both of Gary, Indiana. Police have not said what brought the victims to Indianapolis.

24-Hour News 8 learned Tuesday that someone shot them both in the head.

A memorial filled with balloons and teddy bears serves as a tragic reminder for people who live in the west side neighborhood.

“My boyfriend called the fire department and told the fire department that he seen flames and when he seen the flames he came in and woke me up,” said one neighbor, who asked us not to show her face on camera. “I started crying because I thought it was my friend, and, you know, I watch out for everybody over here in this neighborhood.”

A photo taken by the Indianapolis Fire Department shows the magnitude of the flames early Saturday morning.

Homicide and arson investigators were called to the scene after firefighters found the bodies of Webb and Igartua in the burned car.

The neighbor, who lives across the street from the crime scene, said she knows the mother of one of the victims and added balloons to their memorial.

“I asked her how the two babies are doing, the victim’s babies. She said they’re doing fine. The 4-year-old boy of one of the mothers was crying because he don’t have a mother,” she said.

Police said the case on Goodlet Avenue is one of six that happened this past weekend across the city.

In another case, Christopher Bowman was shot and killed in the 2400 block of Dawson Street. His family told 24-Hour News 8 they are devastated and said Bowman leaves behind two children younger than 2.

“I’ve been here for eight months and we’ve never had any problems like this around here until the night that this happened with the girls,” she said.

She, along with family and friends, want more than anything for the person responsible to be caught.

“We’re just trying to figure out who done it,” she said. “We’re just hoping to find the people that done it.”

Another neighbor told 24-Hour News 8 off-camera that she heard people arguing, then heard two gunshots.

At this time, police said they are still following leads and have not release a description of the suspect or motive.

If you have any information that could help police with this case and other unsolved homicides please contact Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at (317) 262-8477.