Fox59 reports Jessica Whitaker, an Indianapolis mother was shot and killed along the canal early Sunday, marking the second homicide on the canal in a week.
According to the victim’s family, the shooting started with an argument over Black Lives Matter and language. Eventually the two sides separated and walked away from each other, until witnesses claim the killer opened fire from a nearby bridge and ran away.
“It was squashed and they went up the hill and left we thought, but they were sitting on St. Claire waiting for us to come under the bridge and that’s when she got shot,” said the victim’s fiancé Jose Ramirez.
Jose admits he returned fire, but didn’t hit anyone. He says Jessica Doty Whitaker leaves behind a little boy.
“She shouldn’t have lost her life. She’s got a 3-year-old son she loved dearly,” said Ramirez.
Explaining to Jessica’s son Greyson that he’ll never see his mom again has been the hardest part for the family.
“It’s hard to tell him his mom is in heaven and if you want to talk to her you have to look up and say, ‘I love you mom,’” said Ramirez.
Just one week earlier, two people were shot on the same part of canal. During one of those shootings, a 14-year-old identified as Curtis White Junior died during what police describe as an attempted armed robbery.
“Our message is that the canal is still a safe to go,” said IMPD Capt. Jerry Leary.
A GoFundMe has been created for Jessica.
Please consider donating to this poor mom’s funeral and support for her young son. She was murdered by a BLM supporter it appears.
Jessica Whitaker https://t.co/oJwkhADIz6
— JT Moore6🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@JTMoore6) July 12, 2020
Jessica, was a wonderful mother, sister, daughter,fiancée,friend, aunt,cousin ans coworker. Loved by many and will surley be missed by many.. She made sure everyone around her was happt before she was . She does not deserve this. She has passed away on July 5th, 2020 around 3:30 Am. She was walking the downtown canal with her fiancée a Friend and his girlfriend. And was shot. We are asking for you to donate whatever you can to help our family give her the most beautiful service she deserves. Also to help with the beautiful son she left behind. That was her pride and joy . WE LOVE YOU JESSIE ❤WEARETHANKFUL