INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.-- The program director emeritus at the Indiana University School of Medicine was killed Monday in a home on the northwest side.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) was called to the 7500 block of Ballinshire S, near West 56th Street and Dandy Trail, around noon. Officers said a man was found dead in a home and had signs of trauma.
The circumstances leading up to Dr. Kevin Rodgers' death are unclear. He was identified as the victim by Cathedral High School and the IU School of Medicine. Police say the homicide investigation is ongoing. Officers say Rodgers' wife was the one who found him and called 911.
“Not only is his direct family affected, but the community is affected and this is something where we need to come together, hand in hand, and say if we see something, we’re going to be diligent about calling 911. We’re going to be diligent about notifying someone so we can hopefully make contact with those people who are responsible for trying to terrorize the city of Indianapolis,” said IMPD officer Jim Gillespie.
Neighbors said they’re shocked and didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary prior to the incident.
Rodgers worked for the IU School of Medicine since 1998. Since 2000, he helped maintain a clinic in Haiti. He previously held several positions at Brooke Army Medical Center. He was also an assistant lacrosse coach at Cathedral High School.
He is survived by his wife Ruth and four sons. Ruth is a dean at Marian University and one of his sons is a senior at the school.
Ruth Rodgers released a statement about her husband's passing:
The Rodgers family is grateful for the outpouring of prayers and condolences received since learning of Kevin’s untimely passing. As the family begins to cope with this tragic loss, they would like to ask the media to respect their privacy and direct all questions about the circumstances surrounding his death to IMPD.
One of Rodgers' sons took to Twitter to thank friends, family and the community for their support:
The IU School of Medicine issued this statement:
"We learned this afternoon that one of our most revered faculty members, Kevin Rodgers, MD, died earlier today. The specific circumstances are unknown and a formal investigation by IMPD is underway. The IU School of Medicine community is deeply saddened by this loss. Dr. Rodgers was a well-respected faculty educator who was heavily involved in the Emergency Medicine training program for more than 25 years. He received the 2015 Inspirational Educator Award in recognition of extraordinary teaching, based on the growth, development and professionalism of learners."
Cathedral High School issued this statement:
"It is with great sadness that we share with you Dr. Kevin Rodgers, an assistant lacrosse coach at Cathedral High School, was killed in an apparent robbery attempt at their home around noon today. Dr. Rodgers has three sons who are Cathedral graduates and one son who is a senior this year at Cathedral. Counselors have been reaching out to our students and staff all afternoon. Counselors will also be on hand tomorrow. In addition, we will have a prayer service for the Rodgers family tomorrow. We ask that everyone keep the Rodgers family in their prayers during this difficult time."
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward.
Students' schedules at Cathedral High School will be adjusted Tuesday for a prayer service.