Monserrate Shirley weeps on camera as Indianapolis home explosion turns to homicide investigation
From meth lab to a murder cover-up, Monserrate Shirley has discovered that the Internet rumors can be painful and disturbing. The woman’s home was at the epicenter of the Indianapolis explosion which destroyed dozens of homes and left several families homeless.
Shirley and her boyfriend, Mark Leonard, were out of town during the incident and are reportedly not suspects of any foul play at this time.
Shirley has spoken to the local news outlets, but cannot contain her emotions.
“I’m just hurt like everybody else in the neighborhood. I’m devastated like everybody else,” Shirley told WISHTV, “The whole thing is like a shock.”
“People said it started at my house, but they don’t know. The police said it may have started at another house. They don’t know. I don’t blame myself for it. I feel horrible, you know people died,” she said.
Rumors escalated after her ex-husband remarked that their daughter has commented about their failing furnace, but authorities have not confirmed that was related to the blast.
Marion County prosecutor Terry Curry led Monday’s press conference to reveal authorities are moving this to a criminal investigation. The explosion claimed the lives of John and Jennifer Longworth.
Shirley and Leonard have had to hire a lawyer and counter the barrage of attacks from the press and battle the negative public relations.
Here is their complete statement:
“Everyone is asking for a reaction to the authorities announcement that authorities are looking at events as a possible criminal investigation. My clients have instructed to issue the following comment and then ask that they be left alone.
“Monserrate Shirley and Mark Leonard watched in bewilderment the news report that the authorities are now treating the investigation as a criminal investigation as well as a causation search.
“The two remain horrified at the tragic events, destruction, and loss of lives that occurred and have been cooperating with the authorities since their return to Indianapolis over the weekend. They have cooperated fully with various investigators and agencies on multiple occasions and have answered each and every question including speculation as to whether they may have been targeted by anyone.
“They wish for the causation of this horrific and saddening tragedy to be determined. The speculation of social media has centered on various aspects of their lives targeting them in the investigation. Throughout the days since that night the two have been pursued by media constantly requesting interviews as to how they are doing, and how they feel. Assumptions by everyone have had a field day at their expense.
“They continue to cooperate with the authorities and will have no further comments.”