Young mother's murder is family's second

INDIANAPOLIS - Katrina White was a young mother, whose family was planning on supporting her through college soon. Now, they're planning her funeral.

Twenty-one-year-old White was a friend, a student, and most importantly, her aunts said, a mother. She's also one of Indianapolis' most recent murder victims.

"She was a wonderful mother," said her aunt Latasha White. "She just started school Monday because she wanted to give her baby a better life … something she didn't have."

"She was a beautiful girl," her aunt added. "When she would come in the room she would just light it up, and she just enjoyed her family and she really loved that baby."

A baby who will now grow up without a mom.

Wednesday night, Indianapolis police counted more than a dozen shell casings on West 18th Street. That's where White and her boyfriend, 20-year-old Dayeon Johnson, were killed.

"There's nothing that justifies the horrific crime that happened, because we can't get them back," said another of White's aunts, Kim Williams.

It is, unfortunately, a story that repeated itself in White's own life. When she was just 5 years old her own mother was killed by her boyfriend. Now her family finds themselves in the same position all over again with White's young child.

"The biggest thing is that her mother loved her … that's the biggest thing we can get across as a family and share that love with her," Williams said.

Though police have no witnesses, no motive and no suspects, White's family is hoping her murder will be solved, and the cycle of violence broken.

"It's tearing up our community … it's destroying families and it just really needs to stop," Williams said.

Police are asking anyone with information about the murder to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.

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