Woman says she tried to save life of Evansville homicide victim


EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Officers are still looking for a suspect after a man was shot and killed in Evansville early Saturday morning.

Eyewitness News spoke to a woman who says she tried to save his life.

“We did everything we could to try to save him. Nobody deserves to die like that,” said Morgan Aldridge.

She said she woke up to the sound of a car wreck outside of her home around 2:45 a.m.

That’s when she found 19-year old Ajayden Ware in his car, bleeding and unresponsive.

She said her and her husband rushed to pull him out of the car and give him CPR.

“The side of his car was smashed, so we had to drag him out of his passenger side. He was scared. When he did come around he was terrified. He didn’t know what was going on, or what had even happened, why he couldn’t go home.”

Police said Ware was shot several times while in his car at the intersection of Lodge and Riverside.

Officers believe he sped off after being shot and crashed in the 200 block of Pollack Avenue.

That’s when several calls were made to 911.

He was taken to the hospital where he later died.

Another woman that was in bed when she heard the crash says she hopes his family can stay strong.

“I just want to tell them I am so sorry for their loss, you know. And I hope they can get through it okay and everything will be okay. I hope they catch the people that shot him,” said Annette Thomas.

“People need to stop. There’s no reason for all of this violence,” said Aldridge. “It’s an awful thing and I’d hate it for my child and hate for anybody. It’s horrifying what Evansville has come to.”

Aldridge plans to meet with Ware’s family on Monday.

No arrests have been made and no suspects have been identified.

If you have any information about this case, you can call the Evansville Police Department’s Detective Office at 812-436-7979 or the WeTip Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

(This story was originally published May 9, 2021)

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