October 31, 2023

Coroner identifies 16-year-old killed at north side party early Sunday

Coroner identifies 16-year-old killed at north side party early Sunday

This story has been updated. Originally published on Oct. 29. 

The Marion County Coroner's Office identified a 16-year-old who was shot and killed at a large party on Indianapolis' north side this past weekend.

Nine other people were also shot, ranging in age from 16 to 21 years old, according to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. More than half of the victims were under the age of 18.

The 16-year-old girl who was killed was identified as Kalin Washington. 

Police said officers responded to a report of the party in the 5000 block of East 65th Street around midnight Sunday. When officers arrived, they heard gunshots and saw a large crowd leaving the area.

They located a 16-year-old girl with gunshot wounds, who was pronounced dead by Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services. IMPD officers also found multiple people with gunshot wound injuries.

According to police, six firearms and numerous shell casings were also discovered at the scene.
In a statement Sunday, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said he was "frustrated and angry" at the news.

"There are far too many guns in the hands of those who have no business having them, and shocking violence is too often the result," Hogsett said.

The party was held at a business, and IMPD emphasized that its organizers did not secure a permit to hold the event.

Police said invitations sent through Snapchat led to hundreds of attendees at the party. IMPD urged parents to take measures to monitor their children’s locations and use of social media. No arrests have been made, and IMPD officials are asking anyone with information to contact law enforcement.

“I am begging you to come forward with information,” said IMPD Deputy Chief Kendale Adams at a press conference Monday. “No one deserves to die at 16 years old because they go to a party. And we’re going to do everything as a law enforcement agency to do our part. But we need you to do your part.”

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