Jessica Doty Whitaker
Jessica Doty Whitaker

An Indiana woman was fatally shot on July 5th following an argument between her family and a group of Black Lives Matter supporters.

The woman, 24-year-old Jessica Doty Whitaker, was walking along Indianapolis Canal Walk with her fiance’, Jose Ramirez, and two others around 3 a.m. on July 5th when someone in their group used what has been called a “racial slur”.

A group of nearby strangers overheard the comment and confronted Whitaker’s group.

Ramirez alleged that the group shouted “Black Lives Matter,” to which either Whitaker or someone else in their group reportedly responded with, “All Lives Matter.”

Reportedly, there was a brief argument, but both sides separated after realizing the other was armed. Ramirez said that he thought they had managed to resolve the argument before it escalated.

But minutes later, someone reportedly opened fire from a nearby bridge, hitting Jessica Whitaker, then ran away.

“It was squashed, and they went up the hill and left we thought, but they were sitting on St. Clair waiting for us to come under the bridge and that’s when she got shot,” Ramirez said.

Ramirez admitted to returning fire after Jessica had been shot, but did not hit anyone.

Now, Ramirez is left with the difficult task of telling Jessica’s 3-year-old son.

“It’s hard to tell him his mom is in heaven and if you want to talk to her you have to look up and say, ‘I love you mom,’” Ramirez said.

This shooting is the second homicide in the canal in a week. Police say they will increase patrols during overnight hours.

A GoFundMe has been set up in Jessica’s name, and as of this morning has raised more than $70,000.

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