INDIANAPOLIS - Detectives said the 15-year-old girl found badly burned on the city's west side Sunday was student at Ben Davis Ninth Grade Center.
Officials announced Tuesday that the victim, Dominique Allen, died of homicidal asphyxiation.
Indianapolis police were called to a home on the 1100 block of Elder Avenue after homeowner Brad Parks told police he was walking his dog when he discovered a badly burned female body in his back yard.
"It's horrible. I have four little girls of my own. I have nieces. There's little girls running all over the street," Parks said.
Detectives said they do not believe Allen was killed at the location she was found.
Authorities said Allen was last seen at on the porch of a relative's house near the corner of 16th and Mount streets at 6 a.m. Sunday
Police said she had planned to go to church but never made it.
"It kinda hit close to home. This is something the community should be outraged over. We don't know what happened to her. We don't know if she was abducted. Something happened that shouldn't have happened," IMPD Detective Marcus Kennedy said.
Friends of the victim said they were stunned.
"Very caring. She didn't mess with anyone, but a lot of people picked on her cause she was very smart," a friend said.
Detectives were counting on the autopsy to determine if the victim had been sexually assaulted.
Officials with the Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township issued a statement saying they were heartbroken and counselors would be available in their schools for students or staff who may need assistance.
IMPD officers canvassed the area looking for evidence. Anyone with information is urged to call IMPD at 317-327-3475, or Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS. Callers may remain anonymous.
Teachers and students gathered Sunday evening at The Crossing, the Christian alternative school Lemarcus McGraw attended.
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One person was killed in a crash Monday morning in Pittsboro, Indiana.
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