Death – Coroner IDs men killed at Meridian Lakes Apartments

Death – Obituary

Update: The Marion County Coroner’s Office identified the decedents as Damion Cornelius, 29, and Aushette Thompson, 28, on Jan. 5, 2022. 

Original: Two men were killed and another was wounded after what police are calling a “family disturbance” at an apartment complex near West 73rd Street on the north side of Indianapolis ended in gunfire Dec. 30, 2021.

Officers arriving to the Meridian Lakes Apartments shortly after 5:30 p.m. found a man shot to death on the sidewalk outside a row of homes in the 7300 block of Meridian Hills Court. As police arrived, two other men showed up to a local hospital with gunshot wounds. One died soon after, police said, and the other was listed in stable condition.

Preliminary information leads detectives to believe “some type of family disturbance” preceded the shooting, according to Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Officer Genae Cook. Investigators at the scene had not yet determined what role the three people played, but detectives believe everyone involved in the shooting “has been accounted for,” Cook said.

Two people were killed during a triple shooting in the 7300 block of Meridian Hills Court Thursday night, IMPD said.

The three people who were shot knew each other, Cook added, but their exact relationships were not immediately clear.

“We are currently gathering information, attempting to identify each and every one involved and exactly what led to this incident,” Cook told reporters. 

Andrew Bishop, who lives in an apartment building across the street from where the shooting occurred, told IndyStar he was in his home when he heard one gunshot, followed by about eight or nine more shots in quick succession. He ran to his bathroom, he said, and called 911.

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.