Heated argument between brothers ends in fatal shooting

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind (Jan. 23,2015)-- An argument between two Indianapolis brothers last week ended in a homicide. Pierce McDade Jr. allegedly shot and killed his brother Artemus Smith at their family's east side home in the 800 block of Bellhaven Place.

"It was just an argument that turned violent," said father Pierce McDade Sr.

"He was fun and he was nice," said Artisha Smith," Artemus' daughter.

A family torn a part by a domestics dispute--one son behind bars and the other deceased.

"People got to sit down and talk that’s the most important thing.  Whatever you are going through, it can't be that bad," said McDade Sr.

In Indianapolis, 9 of the 135 homicides through October of 2014 were domestic. Debra Dineff, Innovative Interventions, suggest looking for the warning signs of family violence before it happens.

"Most of the time when you have people involved in domestic violence it comes on slowly and it usually begins psychologically," said Dineff.

Dineff says the definition of domestic abuse can take on many forms.

"I suggest that families who can’t sit down and work it among themselves to bring in a mediator," said Dineff.

"No matter what arguments you may have with your family, please solve those arguments before it ends like this," said Tina Soper, family friend.

The family has set up an account to help pay for some of the funeral expenses.


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