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2024’s first homicide victims included an IFD firefighter



Indianapolis, Indiana – One of the earliest homicide cases of the year included the death of an Indianapolis firefighter.

Around 5:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day, Indianapolis Metropolitan police were called to a scene close to Michigan Road and Grandview Drive.

They discovered that two people—an adult male and an adult female—had been found dead inside a white truck following an accident.

Detectives with the IMPD are looking into the incident as a homicide because they think both people were shot.

IFD Engineer Justin D. Boyd was one of the victims, according to the Indianapolis Fire Department. Boyd, who has worked for the department since May 27, 2014, was the engineer on Ladder 6 B Shift and was referred to as “JB” by his colleagues. He belonged to the 79th Recruit Class.

Samiya Boyd, his wife, and their two children, Justin Boyd III (age 21) and Jailyn Boyd (age 24), survive him, according to IFD.

In response to Boyd’s passing, IFD Chief Ernest Malone released the following statement: “We were devastated to hear of the tragic loss of our friend and fellow IFD firefighter, Justin Boyd. Justin was a well-loved member of this department and proudly served for 10 years as a firefighter. Our deepest condolences to all those affected by this tragedy, most especially his wife and 2 children. Our heartfelt thoughts also go out to the family of the other victim involved in this tragedy. Please know you have our prayers as well. For those of us who served with Justin, we are at a complete loss for words. He will be sorely missed.”

Investigations into the case are still ongoing.


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