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Gunshot wound to neck ruled preliminary cause of death for body found

Tippecanoe County Coroner Donna Avolt confirmed to News 18 that the preliminary cause of death of 16-year-old Keiandre Holt is a gunshot wound to the neck. She said the preliminary manner of death is a homicide.

Posted: Aug 22, 2018 11:44 AM
Updated: Aug 23, 2018 4:17 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Tippecanoe County Coroner Donna Avolt confirmed to News 18 that the preliminary cause of death of 16-year-old Keiandre Holt is a gunshot wound to the neck. She said the preliminary manner of death is a homicide. 

Avolt finished the autopsy at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. She said it is important to note a homicide does not imply murder. She said the definition of a homicide is a person killing another person, intent is not included.

Holt's body was found Tuesday morning on Lafayette's east side. It was found around 7 a.m. on the 3900 block of Amelia Avenue at the Cross Point Apartments. That is off Creasy Lane near Franciscan Health Lafayette East.

Police continue to investigate an armed robbery of a pizza delivery driver in the same area just hours before the body was found. According to police, the delivery driver, Cody Achgill, reported a male attempted to rob him while he was making a delivery. He fired his handgun at the suspect, who then reportedly ran away. Achgill notified police of the robbery. Officers from LPD recovered a handgun, believed to belong to the suspect.

After talking to Achgill, police believe there were witnesses to the attempted robbery early Tuesday morning. They are trying to speak with them. 

If you have any information, you're asked to call Lafayette police at (765) 807-1200 or the WeTip hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME.

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