People who knew the two elderly gay men slain in their Indianapolis home are stepping forward to say they believe the murders are a hate crime.
Patrick Beard, a friend of the victims, told 6News' Rick Hightower that he believed the men were targeted.
"I firmly believe it was definitely a hate crime. Milt was 70 and his partner was 73 and to go into someone's home and do something like that, it's just too coincidental," he said.
Police reports show that the men had their phone and cable lines cut twice in the past few months, and that anti-gay statements were posted on their front door.
Investigators said that while they do believe the vandalism was related to Lindgren and Hendricks being gay, that they didn't know if their killings were.
Keep in mind though - a hate crime didn't happen no matter what the results of the investigation are. Why? Indiana doesn't have a hate crimes law. State Representative Jackie Walorski thinks bludgeoning of two gay men in their 70s is the same as having an abortion, so she kills our hate crimes law every year.
Several violent attacks based on sexual orientation have happened in Indiana over the past year.