Caitlin Nichole Walter

Caitlin Nichole Walter

Man Killed Ex-Girlfriend, Then Himself

Police: Woman Had Broken Off Relationship

May 13, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS -- A man shot his ex-girlfriend to death before killing himself in the woman's Franklin Township home sometime overnight, police said.

The bodies were discovered inside an apartment in the 5400 block of Boggs Creek Ct. just before noon Wednesday after the woman's sister told police she hadn't been able to reach her, said Sgt. Matthew Mount.

Investigators said Caitlin Walter, 21, appeared to have been shot by Matthew Ford, 28, who then shot himself.

Walter and Ford had been in a relationship, but Walter had broken it off, police said.

Ford was the son of longtime Indianapolis police Sgt. Mark Ford.

From memorial website:

Caitlin Nichole Walter, 21, of Hagerstown, died unexpectedly May 13, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

She was born on February 5, 1988 in Richmond, Indiana. She lived in the Wayne County area for most of her life. A 2006 Honor Graduate of Hagerstown High School, she was a member of the National Honor Society. Receiving her letter jacket as a junior; she participated in tennis, volleyball, golf, softball, and swimming. Her favorite hobby was photography. She loved her cats dearly and traveling was her passion. Caitlin traveled all over the continental United States (plus Hawaii ) and also internationally to France and Spain.

She was a student at Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis and at the University of Indianapolis. She was studying to be a Physical Therapy Assistant.

Survivors include her mother Colleen Walter of Hagerstown, IN; father Nic (Jone) Walter of Richmond, IN; maternal grandmother Georgia Shuck of Richmond, IN; maternal grandfather Donald Cox of Eldorado, Ohio; sisters Bridget (Cliff III) Hazelbaker of Richmond, IN, Heather (John) Harley of Fishers, IN; nieces and nephews (Paige, Samantha, Cliff IV, Johnny, Grace).