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IU School of Medicine program director emeritus identified as victim in northwest Indianapolis homicide


Kevin Rodgers, IU School of Medicine program director emeritus. Buy Photos

A victim from a homicide in Indianapolis on Monday morning has been identified as Kevin Rodgers, the program director emeritus of the emergency medicine residency for the IU School of Medicine.

The Marion County coroner’s office confirmed Rodgers, 62, died from gunshot wounds Monday. His death has been ruled a homicide.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department's homicide department is currently investigating the incident after officers found Rodgers unresponsive in his home on the city's northwest side.

Pike Township medics reported Rodgers had signs of trauma before pronouncing him dead on-scene.

He was killed in an apparent attempted robbery at his home around noon Monday, a Facebook post from Cathedral High School stated.

Rodgers was an assistant lacrosse coach at the school.

The IU School of Medicine released a statement on Rodger's death Monday afternoon.

"We learned this afternoon that one of our most revered faculty members, Kevin Rodgers, MD, died earlier today," the statement said. "The specific circumstances are unknown and a formal investigation by IMPD is underway. The IU School of Medicine community is deeply saddened by this loss. Dr. Rodgers was a well-respected faculty educator who was heavily involved in the Emergency Medicine training program for more than 25 years. He received the 2015 Inspirational Educator Award in recognition of extraordinary teaching, based on the growth, development and professionalism of learners."

Erika Wilson, content marketing manager for IU School of Medicine, said the department does not have updated information on the case as of Tuesday.

"We're all very shocked," Wilson said.

Rodgers was also president of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine.

According to the AAEM website, Rodgers moved to Indianapolis in 1998 to join IU’s faculty. He also completed his residency in emergency medicine at Brooke Army Medical Center in 1990.

Rodgers’ four sons attended Cathedral High School, according to a Facebook post by the school.

While three of his sons have graduated from Cathedral, one of his sons is currently a senior at the high school. The school said counselors have been on hand after the incident.

“We ask that everyone keep the Rodgers family in their prayers during this incredibly tragic time,” the school said on Facebook.

The post included a Bible verse that read, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”

Danny Rodgers, one of Rodgers’ sons and a senior at Cathedral, tweeted thanks to those who reached out in support of his family.

“I never thought about any situation like this in my life,” he wrote. “You can’t plan for this type of event…Today’s events destroyed me and my entire family, but we will recover with the support of all of you.”

Rodgers said his father was the type of person who would help anyone he came across.

Rodgers’ tweet resulted in an outpouring of responses from the Cathedral and Indianapolis communities, including from the Cathedral High School lacrosse Twitter account.

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