Woman found dead in South Bend home

Published: Oct. 15, 2021 at 4:14 PM EDT
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - South Bend police are investigating a homicide on the city’s west side.

Around 2:30 Friday afternoon, police responded to a distress call in the 800 block of South Lake Street.

“When they arrived, they were met by an individual that was outside the home with a running vehicle. They quickly detained that individual and then made entry to help anyone inside that was still under distress,” said Captain with the South Bend Police Department Jason Biggs.

When police went inside, they said they found a woman dead.

Initially dispatch told 16 News Now the woman was shot, but, at this time, police are not confirming her cause of death.

Police did however say the woman suffered traumatic stress wounds.

Meantime, family, friends and community leaders came to the scene with raw emotion, fresh anger and sadness.

“It’s a very sad day to have yet another shooting … It’s raining out here and I feel like it’s tears of our city and feel for all of the victims of gun violence that this has happened to over and over and it just has to stop. We have to value life...,” said South Bend Common Council member Shelia Niezgodski.

The South Bend Police Chief recently took to Facebook - commenting on the never-ending violence - saying officers can only do so much - and pleading with the public to speak up if they know something.

“If you know something, say something. You can hear the emotion in his Facebook message. You can hear the emotions out of our city council. We are tired of the violence,” Biggs said.

“If you are not saying what you know then you are condoning what is happening. They can’t do it alone,” Niezgodski said.

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