A minor charged with the mass murder of his own family
Sources told 13News that the 17-year-old suspect in the Adams Street murders was upset after his parents refused to allow him to leave the house.
INDIANAPOLIS – More details have surfaced on the mass murder of an Indianapolis family this week in the eastern part of the city. Sources told 13News that the 17-year-old suspect in the Adams Street murders was upset after his parents refused to allow him to leave the house.
After an argument with his parents, the accused teenager allegedly used an assault rifle to fatally shoot everyone in the house on January 24. Those deceased are the suspect’s 42-year-old father, Raymond Childs, his mother Kezzie, 42, a 13-year-old sister, Rita, and his 18-year-old brother, Elijah Childs, as well as Elijah’s girlfriend, Kiara. 19-year-old Hawkins and their unborn child named “Baby Boy Hawkins”.
Another brother, who was shot and wounded, escaped the house in the 3500 block of Adams Street and ran to a neighborhood house for help. According to the IMPD, this brother told the officers who responded what led to the gunfire.
Sources also told 13News that the suspicious teen may have used an assault rifle seen in music videos where he raps about emptying the clip to kill others.
The IMPD is working with the Marion County District Attorney’s Office to file final charges against the 17-year-old no later than next week, according to a spokesperson for the district attorney’s office.
IMPD deputy chief Chris Bailey told 13News the department is withholding the minor suspect’s name until charges are laid. This will likely happen in adult court.
In Indiana, the case can go directly to adult court when a minor is suspected of a violent crime without a waiver hearing in a juvenile detention court. The IMPD did not release the name of the surviving teenager, who is expected to recover from his injuries.
13News has learned that those close to Kiara Hawkins are making final arrangements as those close to the Childs family begin to do the same. A GoFundMe for the Childs family can be found here.