A growing number of interior designers are speaking out in the wake of the fatal shooting of a man inside an Indiana home.
On Friday, a man named Kevin Cramer was shot dead in his home on the 2100 block of South Main Street in Indianapolis.
His body was found on Monday.
He had been shot twice.
A friend of Cramer, whose identity has not been released, has been arrested.
The Associated Press reported that his death was the second fatal shooting at an Indiana residence in less than a month.
On January 28, a woman was killed in her home in Marion, Indiana, by a woman who authorities said was intoxicated.
The shooting of Kevin Cramers mother, Dwayne Johnson, has led many to speak out in defense of the industry.
“I feel that a lot of people are going to say this industry is a safe industry,” said Mark Johnson, the owner of the interior design firm Big Blue.
“We have to stop it and that’s what we’re going to do.”
Cramer was born in Indianapolis, grew up in Indiana and moved to the United States in 1999.
He worked as a personal trainer, and as an interior designer for many years.
In 2017, he returned to Indiana, this time to design his mother’s home, according to his LinkedIn profile.
“I am very excited to return to work as an architect,” he wrote.
“This is a great opportunity for me to create a home for my mom that will be a perfect fit for my family.”
He has since worked on dozens of projects in Indianapolis including the construction of a house on the edge of the city’s Central Business District, and the construction for the interior of an apartment building.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that my mother would be proud of what she is doing here in Indianapolis,” Johnson said.
“Kevin was a very loving person, and I can’t thank him enough for giving me my first chance to live my dream.”
Johnson said he has no plans to open a studio in Indianapolis anytime soon, but hopes to continue his work in the state.
“We’re going back to Indiana and it’s going to be a long process to get to that point, but I’m happy to be here,” he said.