EPD asking for public’s help identifying suspect(s) in at least four homicides


EVANSVILLE, Ind (WEHT) More than five months after her death, Mariah Strother’s father is addressing the public about her murder. He’s asking if anybody knows anything about her murder, to contact police.

Strother and Keijuan Baker were both shot at the Conoco on S. Kentucky Ave. on May 30. Baker later died at the hospital. A third victim was also taken to the hospital. No arrests have been made in the case.

It’s one of four homicides that happened between late May and mid June that are still under investigation. While their families wait for arrests to be made, detectives aren’t waiting to encourage witnesses to come forward with information leading to some arrests.

“Great. Outgoing. Loving. Caring. Funny character all around. She had a great sense of humor,” said Kareem Strother, describing how he remembers his daughter, Mariah. Memories of her stay in his heart, but her death has been on his mind for nearly six months.

“It’s probably a lot of stress, depression. She was at the wrong place at the wrong time. We just feel like none of this should have happened,” he said, describing the emotions the family’s gone through since her death.

The deaths of Strother and Baker, along with Larry Merriweather Jr. in late May, and the June deaths of Keyonja Barnes and Javion Bell, remain unsolved. Detective Jackie Lowe says they’ve received tips on all these cases but some witnesses won’t come forward fearing retaliation.

“We know there’s people out there that know what happened in these cases, but quite frankly, I think they’re scared to come forward because they’re scared of possible retaliation from these subjects,” he said.(Mike) 

Strothers says he’s disappointed no one has been charged yet in his daughter’s death, but he still hopes someone answers the call to step forward and say something.

“I believe that people will be brought to justice on this. It’s just a matter of time,” he says.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to contact the Evansville Police Department’s Detective Office at 812-436-7979.

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(This story was originally published on Nov. 12, 2020)


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