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Lafayette police investigating homicide on Alder Drive

Police say a man was shot and killed outside his home in the 1200 block of Alder Drive.

Posted: Jan 13, 2021 10:06 AM
Updated: Jan 13, 2021 2:48 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Police are investigating a homicide after they say a man was shot and killed outside his home in the 1200 block of Alder Drive.

The man was identified as 40-year-old Michael Lytral Holmes, according to a news release issued Wednesday morning.

No one has been arrested but a handgun was recovered from the scene, according to the release. 

Police were first called to the scene at 8:10 a.m. Tuesday, says Lafayette police Sgt. Ian O'Shields.

O'Shields says a bystander called police after finding Holmes' body lying in the yard. 

Tippecanoe County Coroner Carrie Costello says the preliminary autopsy performed Wednesday morning confirms Holmes death was a homicide from at least one gunshot wound.

Diane McDonald, a nearby neighbor, says she heard several loud bangs outside her home sometime Monday night.

"What I saw was, or heard the night before were shots," she says. "I didn't know if it was loud firecrackers or a gun, but it makes me nervous."

McDonald says Holmes leaves behind his wife and a young boy.

She says he loved playing music and working on his car, and her only interaction with him was to ask him once to turn the music down.

"That was my only experience with him other than a wave now and then, I'd see him and he'd wave, but he seemed to be a pretty nice guy and kept the music down and I didn't worry about anything anymore," she says. 

The killing is the the third homicide in the southside Lafayette neighborhood in a matter of months.

As News 18 previously reported, a Lafayette man was stabbed to death in October on Rochelle Drive and a Lafayette woman was shot and killed in September on Southlea Drive.

McDonald, who has lived in the neighborhood since 1959, says until recently it's been a quiet and safe place to stay.

"It's awfully close to home ... it kind of scares me," she says. "I don't like the direction of the neighborhood going rogue like that. Being here so long, it's always been quiet."

The shooting marks the first homicide of the year in Lafayette.

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