Two men arrested for murder of Tamara Sword, daughter of anti-violence activist

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Two men are in jail tonight facing murder charges in a nearly year-old case. They’re accused of causing the death of an Indianapolis mother of five and a man who was run over by a car as he was trying to hide from a spray of gunfire.

Investigators now say that violence was the result of a feud between two rappers at a nearby club.

Detectives believe that a witness who spoke to police back in March and his rapper friend were the intended targets. He told them he kept quiet because he and his buddy wanted to retaliate themselves.

IMPD’s violent crimes and gang unit picked up 33-year-old Michael Edwards and 28-year-old Kenneth Jones this afternoon on Indianapolis’ northwest side. Police are also seizing weapons and narcotics from a home on Clarkson Drive.

The arrests came almost 10 months after 32-year-old Tamara Sword and 28-year-old Joshua Riggins lost their lives in this convenience store parking lot. That’s little relief to Sword’s father Andrew Holmes, who’s a prominent antiviolence advocate in Chicago.

“They’re still walking. They still can talk to somebody. They still can talk to their family. My daughter is laying down resting,” Holmes said.

Investigators say two rappers, D-Bo and Mike E, were embroiled in an ongoing fight. They’d already had a disagreement at club Suite 38 in the weeks prior. The night of August 22 another fight closed the club.

Tamera Sword and a friend didn’t get in. They were outside and walked next door.

A witness and friend of rapper D-Bo told police Mike E (aka Mike Edwards), started firing shots from an assault rifle as Ken Ken (aka Kenneth Jones) stood by.

Tamara Sword got hit and tried to make her way to a car. Joshua Riggins didn’t get shot, but was run over seeking shelter from the gunfire as Sword’s friend attempted to drive away.

Crime scene techs found 44 fired casings at the scene.

“It’s just so disrespectful that you have two rappers, one in the music industry, going at each other’s head. Then they’ve got to take a weapon to solve their differences, who pays the price? My daughter pays the price for that,” Holmes said.

Holmes says his daughter’s children are understandably taking her death hard. Her 16-year-old lives with him in Chicago, and the other four children are here Indianapolis.

Metro police say at this time they don’t expect any more arrests in the case.


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