Family of Indy’s 100th murder victim speaks out about continued violence

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INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – 36 year-old Dennis Vaughn is the city’s 100th homicide victim of 2015.  He was shot and killed in broad daylight at his West side home on Wednesday.

“He took his last breath looking at me,” says the victim’s sister Danielle Vaughn.

Dennis Vaughn leaves behind a mother, sister, fiancée, and three of his children and for the first time his sister is opening up about the grief.

“His son said to me will you go find my daddy? What do you say to a two year old that has just lost his father?” says Vaughn.

Surpassing 100 homicides in Indianapolis is no milestone a city wants to reach.

“He is not just a number, he was a human being. He was a man that loved his family and community,” says Vaughn.

Metro Police Chief Rick Hite says officers are seeing more instances where family issues contribute to fatal shootings, adding the department is working to crack down on a growing drug trade which is also a factor. Hite said in a statement, “This is the type of crime that IMPD does not and will not tolerate.”

The city’s homicide rate is comparable to last year’s, just down by two. 2014 was one of the most violent years in the past decade.

“They are not really going to understand how it feels until it hits your home,” says Vaughn.

The Vaughn family understands exactly how it feels and are fed up with the senseless violence in the area.

“When we first moved in on the West side, there were people shooting down the street at each other like it was darts or something,” says Vaughn.

Vaughn’s family wants the crime to stop before someone else has to deal with the tragedy of losing a loved one.

“It has to stop. Somebody has to do something,” says Vaughn.

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