Victims identified in deadly shooting, residents plead for violence to end

Published: Oct. 23, 2020 at 1:07 AM EDT
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit identified the victims in the deadly shooting at a South Bend apartment complex.

Police were called to Waterford Glen Apartments near Edison and Woodfield Drive for reports of shots fired around 11:45 p.m. on Thursday.

“I heard, ‘Click, click, click, click, click,’” described neighbor Eileen Sullivan.

When officers arrived, they found two men suffering from gunshot wounds.

One of the men was found dead inside an apartment. The second victim died at a hospital a short time later. The two victims have been identified as 21-year-old Malik Balderos and 20-year-old Ricky Kinds Jr.

“I didn’t think that I would be in a situation like this, you know, with my lifetime, but this is, this too close for my comfort,” remarked Dale, a Waterford Glen resident.

CMHU confirmed Balderos was shot on his 21st birthday, and there was a small gathering of people at an apartment at the time of the shooting.

“Our friends [are] gone. We grew up with each other,” cried Andrea Rhines, who went to high school with Balderos and Kinds. “This is just so unbelievable.”

Through tears, Rhines called upon the greater South Bend the senseless gun violence.

“Who wants to get that call at 11 o’clock at night that your loved one is gone? Who wants to see that?” she raised. “The violence just has to stop. I really wish we could all come together.”

On Friday evening, a small group of people held a vigil for the victims in a parking lot adjacent to Waterford Glen.

Police have interviewed witnesses, and no suspects are in custody at this time.

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