Pregnant woman found fatally shot in Indianapolis home

Whitney Balsley, 25, died Monday

INDIANAPOLIS - Police are investigating a drive-by shooting that left a pregnant woman dead.

Officers were called to a home in the 1800 block of South Drexel Avenue just after 1 a.m. Sunday on a report of gunfire.

Whitney Balsley, 25, and her boyfriend, Gary Rife, 27, were found shot in the home.

Nearly a dozen bullet holes could be seen in the home's front window.

"All the sudden we heard bang, bang, bang, bang, and it was after one o'clock in the morning," said neighbor Sharon Carson. "After that we heard sirens."

Balsley was taken to Wishard Memorial Hospital. She was pronounced dead Monday.

 

"Everyone loved her," said Samantha Reese, Balsley's best friend. "She always had a big smile on her face, lit up the room... made everyone feel like gold when she was around."
 
Balsley's brother told RTV6 he wants everyone to know what kind of woman his sister was.
 
"She was always trying to help somebody out," Tyler Balsley said about his sister. "Always trying to help the next person if she could, always."

Police confirmed Balsley was pregnant, in her first trimester, at the time of the shooting. The fetus did not survive.

Rife was treated at an area hospital and released.

Police said the investigation into the shooting is very active.

A neighbor said she saw a suspicious vehicle in the neighborhood Friday, and she called police.

"(I) suspected that something was going to go bad Friday night, so the police come, went through the neighborhood, didn't find the car," said neighbor Mona Gregory, who said the vehicle appeared to be circling the area.

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