Police arrest 2 men on murder, attempted murder charges in connection with 2015 deaths


Tamara Sword

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Update (July 21, 2016)-- Charges in this case were dismissed due to issues with evidence.Read more here.

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4 fast facts:

  • Tamara Sword and Joshua Riggins were killed on August 22, 2015.
  • Sword died after being shot, Riggins died when her car rolled over him as he ducked for cover.
  • Wednesday, two men were arrested in connection with the two deaths.
  • Police believe it started as a dispute between two rappers.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.-- Police arrested two people Wednesday in connection with the murder of two people, including an Indianapolis mother of five.

Kenneth Jones and Michael Edwards face preliminary charges of murder and attempted murder.

Tamara Sword, 32, was shot at a gas station in the 3800 block of Lafayette Road on August 22, 2015. She later died at the hospital.

Joshua Riggins, 28, was also killed. Police believe Riggins ducked in front of a car, and the car rolled over him. He died at the scene.

Jones and Edwards now face charges for the murder of Sword and the attempted murder of Riggins.

A witness talked to police in March. Detectives believe that witness and his rapper friend were intended targets, and he told police he kept quiet because he and his buddy wanted to retaliate themselves.

IMPD's Violent Crimes and Gang unit picked up Jones and Edwards on Wednesday afternoon at a home on Clarkson Drive, where police said they also seized weapons and narcotics.

Victim Tamara Sword's father is a well-known anti-violence activist in Chicago.

"You can't explain the feeling. I'm just totally upset because I don't have my daughter," said Andrew Holmes, "They're still walking. They still can talk to somebody. They still can talk to their family. My daughter is laying down resting."

Investigators said two rappers were embroiled in an ongoing fight. They'd already had a disagreement at club "Suite 38" in the weeks prior. The night of August 22nd, another fight closed the club.

Tamara Sword and a friend didn't get in. They walked to the gas station moments before the bullets started flying.

Surveillance video captures the moment people started ducking for cover, trying to save their lives.

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A witness and friend of one of the rappers told police Michael Edwards was firing shots from an assault rifle as Kenneth Jones stood by.

Tamara Sword got hit and tried to make her way to a car. Joshua Riggins didn't get shot but was run over seeking shelter from the gunfire as sword's friend attempted to drive away.

Court papers indicate that crime scene techs found 44 casings at the scene.

"It’s just so disrespectful that you have two rappers, in the music industry, going at each other’s head," said Holmes, "Then they’ve got to take a weapon to solve their differences, who pays the price? My daughter pays the price for that."

Holmes said Sword's oldest child is now living with him in Chicago. Her other four children live in Indianapolis.

IMPD said no other arrests are expected.


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