40-year-old Wilma Hochstetler was pronounced dead at the scene by the time police responded to a call.
Tragedy befell a beautiful family from Indiana after two armed men robbed and fatally attacked the couple while their 6-year-old son witnessed the violence. According to the Indianapolis Star, 40-year-old Wilma Hochstetler was pronounced dead at the scene by the time police responded to a call that her husband made with the help of their son. Meanwhile, Jonathan was brutally shot in his neck and had to be hospitalized for his severe injuries. Although Indianapolis Metropolitan Police are yet to release any information about the suspects, they revealed that the young boy assisted his wounded father in calling 911 for help.
An Indiana couple was robbed and shot early Thursday in a fatal attack that was carried out by two armed men — and witnessed by their 6-year-old son. #Crime #truecrime #CatchMyKillerhttps://t.co/hnkeifsEXw— Themarcabe (@themarcabe) September 21, 2020
The couple, who have three daughters in addition to their 6-year-old son, own Bloomfield based roofing company, per the Star. Their lives turned upside down in just one day. Jonathan, who is very religious and heavily invested in missionary work just like his late wife, had halted in Indianapolis on Wednesday where a roofing project was underway. He had blown a tire on his trailer and needed a spare. WISH-TV reports that he instructed his workers to drive back to Bloomfield with his truck, while he stayed back with his trailer. So, Wilma accompanied by their young son took the charge of driving the truck back to Indianapolis along with a spare tire to replace the busted one on the trailer.
A mom of four is remembered after she was shot and killed during a robbery on the city's west side. Her husband was injured in the shooting, and their 6-year-old boy helped get police to the scene. @julia_deng reports. https://t.co/l5TCBMj296— WISH-TV (@WISH_TV) September 19, 2020
When they reached the spot, the couple replaced the tire of the trailer however noticed that there was something wrong with the lights. Thus the pair began fixing the lights after midnight and that's when the tragic attack took place. According to cops, two men approached their vehicle and held them at gunpoint. The two robbers first took all their money and Wilma's phone before shooting them both and fleeing the scene. Wilma's injuries were fatal but Jonathan was still conscious despite being wounded. Somehow, he managed to make his way back into the truck where their son was seated. Together, they called the police.
Why are we not getting updates on this case? I would just like to know why the public isn’t being asked for help catching these suspects or even a suspect description. Nothing. This is 6 mins from my house! I’d like to think there’s a good reason???— trcbk (@trcbk1) September 22, 2020
On arriving at the 3000 block of North High School Road around 1:30 a.m., first responders rushed Jonathan to the hospital where he eventually underwent surgery to fuse his three broken vertebrae together in his neck. He was not paralyzed due to the attack but was left with broken bones in his face and jaw. Although doctors say he will recover physically, his friend revealed that Jonathan will never be able to recover from the fact that he has lost his soulmate. "The hardest thing for him is going to be to pick up and go on without Wilma," said Andrew Yutzy while speaking to WISH-TV. "Literally, he didn't breathe without Wilma being a part of it. That's how close they were. Pray for Jonathan, that he can pick up the pieces. And his children, they're just devastated."
A Worthington family were victims of a robbery and shooting in Indianapolis. A woman died and a man is recovering. Here's what happened. https://t.co/OtBjjvfSyr— WTHI News10 (@WTHITV) September 18, 2020
Last Friday, Jonathan's father Sam Hochstetler read a letter before the media which was addressed to the residents of Indianapolis, according to PEOPLE. "I extend forgiveness for the two murderers. Revenge only begets more violence. My heart's desire for them is that they would repent, to fall on their faces before the Lord Jesus, and cry out for mercy for their own souls' sake," he said. He also noted that the couple's son said, "I wish they didn’t shoot my mommy" right after he got home. "(But I think) he is still oblivious to what happened," said Sam. A GoFundMe account was created to take care of the hospital and funeral expenses and some of it will go towards supporting the family. "Wilma has passed away and Jonathan is at the hospital and expected to survive. We can’t imagine the devastation. Please lift them up in prayers. The go fund me will be used to help with funeral and recovery funds. Life will never be the same and this is a small way to help them. They have 3 daughters and the youngest child is a son. So please keep Jonathan and the 4 children in your prayers!" it read.
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Anyone with information is urged to call the IMPD Homicide Office at 317-327-3475 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477 or (TIPS).