INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.-- Police are investigating the deaths of a woman and child on the northeast side as what appears to be a murder-suicide.
Officers were called to the 3600 block of Bunker Hill Drive, near East 42nd Street and North Sherman Drive, around 2:30 p.m. Friday on a report of a person shot.
IMPD says an adult, later identified as mother Tarren Jones, 27, and juvenile female, later identified as Amerie Jones-Henderson, 10, were the victims. The age of the child has not been released, nor the relationship between the two.
“Right now indicators (show) that it is a murder-suicide, the evidence on the scene is telling detectives that’s more than likely what this is, that it’s a very tragic murder-suicide that we’re working with,” said IMPD officer Michael Hewitt.
Family members came over to check on them after not having heard from them for a few days. Maintenance staff let them inside.
"Sometime this afternoon after 2:30 relatives were concerned about their family members and they showed up here at the apartment and maintenance let the family in, and when they went inside they discovered two deceased people inside," Hewitt said.
Police say it's unclear exactly how long the woman hadn't been heard from.
"The investigation will certainly determine that through interviewing and checking phone records and credit card numbers should they need to check those things,” said Hewitt.
Neighbors at the apartment complex described the scene as surprising.
"It really like touched me because kids shouldn't be involved in like none of that because they're innocent," former neighbor Corey Washington said.
"It was just horrifying to me, it was just really sad to hear that," neighbor Roxanne Miller said.
By Friday night the crime tape was taken down and kids were playing outside, remembering the girl they described as nice.
"She was a nice little girl, she used to give me a lot of things to go to school with," Rayoena Cobb, 8, said. "Last time I was playing with her on the porch we was writing down we got to make words up and we make them up and we got to remember then."
"She did give us markers and candy and let us color her color book and play with her toys outside and being nice to us," NyLah Cobb, 6, said.
Now, at a young age, they're trying to understand how the girl they described as their best friend is gone.
"I hope her spirit is alive," Rayoena Cobb said.
The relationship between the two victims has not been confirmed.
If you are having suicidal thoughts there are people who want to help. Please go to a hospital, call 911 or call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433).