Police in Indianapolis are looking for two gunmen who shot a mother of four in an armed robbery, wounding her husband and leaving their six-year-old son to call for help.
Wilma Hochstetler, 40, died Thursday night after she and her husband Jonathan were attacked along the side of a road in the west of the city.
The deeply religious couple owned a roofing business in Bloomfield, 80 miles southwest of Indianapolis.
Wilma Hochstetler, pictured with husband Jonathan and their four children, passed away on Thursday
The pair were repairing a broken tire on Thursday evening when armed robbers attacked
They had wallets and Wilma’s phone was stolen, then the robbers turned and opened fire
Jonathan was off work and driving home when his tire exploded and damaged a trailer light.
Wilma then drove from their home, with their six-year-old son Bradon, to Indianapolis to help him.
While the couple were working to fix the tire, at 1:50 AM two men approached and held Wilma and Jonathan at gunpoint, stealing Wilma’s phone and both their wallets.
The gunmen turned to walk away but then turned and fired at them, killing Wilma and shooting Jonathan in the neck.
Bradon, huddled in their truck, then managed to find a cell phone and dial 112.
Wilma and Jonathan Hochstetler had met through a youth group from the Church
Samuel Hochstetler, Jonathan’s father, said his son had two surgeries, had to fuse three vertebrae and was on a feeding tube.
He was lucky not to be paralyzed.
“He said I have total peace, that I feel comfortable, I am encouraged,” said Samuel.
“He said I have no anger at those men.”
Samuel said he also forgave the two men who attacked them.
“I offer forgiveness to the two murderers,” he said Fox 59.
‘Revenge only incites more violence.
My heart’s desire for them is that they should repent and fall on their faces before the Lord Jesus and cry for mercy for the sake of their own souls.
“Jesus would give them a new heart and a new spirit.”
Police in Indiana are still looking for the two gunmen, whom Jonathan says he forgives
Wilma leaves behind four children – Melissa, 16, Abigail, 14, Kendra, 10, and six-year-old Bradon.
Andrew Yutzy, a family friend, said WIS News that the couple were childhood sweethearts who lived a happy family life.
“They were in the same church and youth group, and I think they were both kind of shy,” he said.
Two shy people met and fell in love.
“It was just always the people who were there with a smile, and literally they would take the shirt off their back if it helped you.”