Police Unsure How Munster Murder Vict...

Police Unsure How Munster Murder Victim Killed

There are 22 comments on the cbs2chicago.com story from Jun 7, 2007, titled Police Unsure How Munster Murder Victim Killed. In it, cbs2chicago.com reports that:

“Guess I won't be saying that anymore.”

It was a murder scene with so much gore that police couldn't pinpoint how the victim was killed.

Investigators in Munster, Ind., are trying to determine whether the victim of a murder Tuesday was stabbed or shot to death. An autopsy was completed Wednesday night ruled the death a homicide, but authorities would not say what had caused the victim's injuries.

"He had a wound to his abdomen," Munster Police Chief Nick Panich said. "His internal organs had left the wound."

Police say a friend visited the home of 25-year-old Wayne Smith because he didn't show up for a new job. That friend found Smith dead in a bedroom. Read more

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asprosthanatos

Chicago, IL

#1 Jun 7, 2007
VICTIM WAS DISEMBOWELED. ONE OF THOSE INDIANA REDNECKS, PULLED OUT ALL THE MAN'S GUTS!!!

MUNSTER | A 25-year-old man found dead in his home Tuesday afternoon was disemboweled, police said, "All of his internal organs were outside the body," Munster Police Chief Nick Panich said of Wayne P. Smith, 7618 Manor Ave.

There were no signs of forced entry, indicating Smith let his killer into the home, Panich said.
There also was evidence of partying, Panich said. They were "having a good time with alcohol," he said Wednesday during a news conference.

The house had been ransacked "as if someone was looking for something," Panich said, but valuable electronics and cash remained inside.

Panich said Smith had affiliations with the Latin Kings street gang in Hammond, where he lived prior to moving to Munster.

Neighbors had complained of activity during all hours at the duplex, and police have not ruled out that drugs may have been involved, Panich said.

The Lake County coroner's office listed the cause of death as "internal trauma to the abdomen due to penetrating injury." The coroner's office declined to further describe the wounds.

A Suzuki motorcycle towed from the property following the slaying was reported as stolen to the Hammond police about a month ago, Panich said.

Court records show the Hammond Police Department filed a civil forfeiture case in Lake County court against Smith, Noe Hurtado, 26, and Joel Hurtado, 21, involving a Dec. 1, 2005, drug case. In that case, police seized less than $800, two digital scales and two scanners believed to be used in the possession of cocaine, the case file states.

Forfeiture cases are used by authorities to seize and keep property or cash believed to have been used in the commission of crimes.

Neither Smith nor Joel Hurtado were charged with dealing in that case. Noe Hurtado is scheduled to be sentenced in Lake County court on June 14 in a cocaine-dealing case filed in January 2006. Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller said Noe Hurtado is listed in Hammond's gang database as being a Latin King.

Smith's body was found by a union friend who went to check on him about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police and coroner's officials then responded. The coroner's office said Smith was declared dead on the floor of his bedroom at 5:38 p.m.

Panich said Munster historically has had about one homicide every three years, but "that has increased slightly to about one every two years. It's still a very safe community. We don't believe this is a random killing."

The last homicide in Munster was the Feb. 13, 2004, beheading of 81-year-old Margaret Jansky.

Jansky's daughter, Margaret Church, 57, who was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic, is serving a 55-year sentence for her mother's murder.
asprosthanatos

Chicago, IL

#2 Jun 7, 2007
MAN WAS DISEMBOWELED--ALL HIS GUTS WERE OUTSIDE HIS BODY. Whoever did that is walking around, looking like any typical Hoosier redneck. I wonder if if was a Munster redneck?

MUNSTER | A 25-year-old man found dead in his home Tuesday afternoon was disemboweled, police said.

"All of his internal organs were outside the body," Munster Police Chief Nick Panich said of Wayne P. Smith, 7618 Manor Ave.
JUANDOTIEJIMENEZ

Hammond, IN

#3 Jun 9, 2007
WAYNE WAS A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE.HE WAS A GOOD PERSON. HE COULD KEEP YOU LAUGHING FOR DAYS.SOMETIMES YOU CANT BELIVE EVERYTHING YOU READ YOU ALL NEED TO KNOW WAYNE WAS NEVER IN A GANG.HE WAS NEVER HOOKED ON DRUGS.HE LIKE EVERYONE NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE.AND AS FOR THE PEOPLE WHO DID THIS TO HIM HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS.YOU WILL BE BROUGHT TO JUSTICE.
friend

Alpharetta, GA

#4 Jun 26, 2007
Police never said Wayne was in a gang.
Police never said Wayne was disemboweled.
Police have not yet caught killer.
Please tell police if you know anything.
another friend

Fort Wayne, IN

#5 Jun 26, 2007
if you learn how to read youll see that yes they did say he was disemboweled. no they didnt say he was in a gang but they did say he was gang affiliated. but besides that i love you wayne and i miss you terribly. until i see you again may you rest in peace my love
FRIEND HAMMOND INDIANA

Gurnee, IL

#6 Jun 27, 2007
WAYNE WAS A GOOD GUY HE HAD HIS PROBLEMS BUT WAS VERY KIND HEARTED AND WOULLD DO ANYTHING FOR ANYBODY I THINK THAT PEOPLE OFTEN TOOK ADVANTAGE OF OF KINDNESS AND USED HIM A LITTLE BIT BUT HE WAS ON PERSON THAT WAS ALWAYS THERE IF I NEEDED HIM REST IN PEACE AND MAY GOD BE WITH YOU AND TO THE FAMILY JUST HAVE FAITH AND HOPE THAT THIS TRAGEDY WILL COME TO AN END WHEN THEY CAPTURE THE TRUELY SICK PEOPLE THAT COULD HAVE DONE THIS TO HIM
white boy

United States

#7 Jun 29, 2007
their is no way they killed him cause they got srunk he either took something and ran from them or tried quiteing the gang or osmething like that
J_Rod

Wilmington, NC

#8 Sep 2, 2007
I knew Wayne, and he was a good guy. But he was a punk. He was involved with gangs, he was involved with drugs, and certainly involved with the theft. He was a good guy to talk to, but not somebody I hung out with after he strayed down the wrong path. I am not a jerk, but it is not shocking that this would happen. That whole "crew" is either going to end up murdered or in jail.
yung money

United States

#9 Nov 20, 2007
Wayne was a real person that got stuck into the street life. What can you do. Someone just trying to make sumn of himself. Wayne was my boy. he will be missed dearly. to whoever did this... this will never be forgotten. let my boy WAYNE P. rest in peace.
FREE KILLA N CAPO
beautiful girl

Saratoga, CA

#10 Apr 13, 2008
well let me tell you about wayne he was the best guy i have ever met. he always took care of me he help me when i needed it he was there throught the bad and the good and i loved him very much he was great with my kids and they loved him i thought of him as a brother any time i needed something he tried his all to get it for me he would give the shirt off his back to any of my family members we all loved him so much and he will never know how much we miss him and how much he ment to us. we love you wayne and hope you rest in peace we will find who did this to you. and they will pay dearly. hugs and kisses xoxo may god be with you always.
chitown

Pflugerville, TX

#11 Sep 24, 2008
wayne was a very good friend of mine i have known him for years n will always miss him we did alot of shit 2gether i will never forget just bought do or die heads or tails cd just dont know the memories it brought back hope u rest in peace fam will always be missed and loved your boy CHRIS G
just me

Hammond, IN

#12 Oct 5, 2008
Its been awhile since i have read any of this, but believe me it replays in my head everyday. i miss wayne everyday. and will miss him everyday for the rest of my life. wayne was one of the best people i know. he would do anything for the ones he cared for and loved. he had such a loving heart. sure, we had our hard times, but always got thru them. whoever did this, if ur reading this, dont worry, u will pay in one way or another. I LOVE U WAYNE WITH ALL MY HEART!! R.I.P. AND DONT WORRY THEY WILL FIND WHO DID THIS!
just me

Hammond, IN

#13 Oct 5, 2008
J_Rod wrote:
I knew Wayne, and he was a good guy. But he was a punk. He was involved with gangs, he was involved with drugs, and certainly involved with the theft. He was a good guy to talk to, but not somebody I hung out with after he strayed down the wrong path. I am not a jerk, but it is not shocking that this would happen. That whole "crew" is either going to end up murdered or in jail.
R U SERIOUS?????
chitown

Humble, TX

#14 Oct 18, 2008
j rod u a disrespectfull mother f n if i new u or were u lived u would have serious problems talkin bout my boy
PPatient

Highland, IN

#15 Oct 22, 2008
asprosthanatos wrote:
MAN WAS DISEMBOWELED--ALL HIS GUTS WERE OUTSIDE HIS BODY. Whoever did that is walking around, looking like any typical Hoosier redneck. I wonder if if was a Munster redneck?
MUNSTER | A 25-year-old man found dead in his home Tuesday afternoon was disemboweled, police said.
"All of his internal organs were outside the body," Munster Police Chief Nick Panich said of Wayne P. Smith, 7618 Manor Ave.
This was why I moved away 4 years ago and unfortunately because of the economy, my family had to move back. My husband had retired from working 32 years at a major company here and now with the market and us nearly losing all our assets we were invested in, we have to work again and raise our son here w/this crap. Its pitiful...you cant live anywhere anymore even where its supposedly safe. What is wrong with this world. Lets hope good changes come with this election and everyone can live their lives in peace w/out worry. This is too close to home for me.
Michelle

United States

#16 Sep 25, 2009
Lots of LOVE and PRAYS!!!!!
chico

Munster, IN

#17 Nov 14, 2009
An arrest has finally been made!! Now those that did this can suffer the consequences of their evil actions.
Latin Count

Munster, IN

#18 Aug 24, 2010
latin king killa! latin dragon killa!
cuzo

Belmont, MI

#19 Aug 28, 2010
My coment is to all that thought they knew him he worked hard and was doing what any man would do to survive and he wasn't in no gang he just had a lot friends or so called friends but my cuzin did the best he could so all u that talked bad about him f..k u ok love u cuzo see u soon
Superman

Winchester, TN

#20 Oct 15, 2010
Are you any relation to Noe, Willie and Cookie?

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