Family Asks For Help To Find Man's Killer

Man Slain As He Returned Home From Work

The family of a man who was slain over the weekend as he returned home from work is turning to the public for help finding his killer.

Clayton Battice, 61, was fatally shot Sunday in the 3000 block of Bavarian Village East Drive.

Battice had just gotten off work at Wonder Bread at 4:30 a.m.

"He would have forgiven them for taking his life. He is a man of God," said Rachel Battice-Phem, Battice's daughter. "He was a great, great person in our family and to his friends, his co-workers. He meant so much to us."

Indianapolis police said Battice didn't know his attackers and was the victim of a random act of violence.

"If anyone knows what happened to my father, please speak up. They need to be brought to justice," said Battice-Phem.

Investigators have been looking for information on three men and a white Chevrolet Blazer they were seen in.

Police and Battice's family said they hoped pictures of the SUV will help bring an end to the search for those responsible.

"It's still hard to accept he died so brutally, someone that was so peaceful taken away in such a tragic way," Battice-Phem said.

Battice was married and a father of four children. He moved to the U.S. about 30 years ago from St. Thomas, in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

His daughter said family and friends are flying in from all over the world to attend the funeral on Saturday.

Police asked anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.