Victims of alleged triple shooter were much more than ‘random targets’

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - We’re learning more about the victims who lost their lives in a shooting spree last month.

The Marion Co. Prosecutor's Office says Jonathan Cruz randomly killed three men, but these men were not random targets. They were much more.

Billy Boyd, 54, was an Indianapolis native who grew up on the north side. He had two sons, was a grandfather and had many siblings.

Boyd was shot and killed in the 3900 Block of North College on May 12.

A makeshift memorial sits in the 900 Block of North Denny Street where Jay Higginbotham was shot and killed on May 12.

Jose Ruiz, 42, a husband and father, lost his life. Officers found in his car on North Lindwood near Washington Street on May 15.

Ruiz and his family attended Holy Spirit Catholic Church and have been members for the past 15 years.

“He was such a vibrant part of this church and so many people knew him that when the word came out that he had been killed, I mean it was just shock. It was much like losing a brother-that one of your own family had been killed," said Fr. Paul Koetter, Pastor at Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

Surveillance video of the area shows Ruiz’s car and police at the scene just before 5 a.m. that morning.

Father Koetter said Ruiz had gone to work and hours later, police notified his family that he had been killed.

A financial contribution can be made to the Ruiz family through the Holy Spirit Church Pastoral Care Fund. For a direct link to donate, click here.

 

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