A man is defending his sister who was murdered outside a Madison, Indiana home.

Cindy Mauntel, 26, was found beaten to death outside the house early Monday morning.

Ranear Kirksey, of Forest Park, was with her and died from his injuries Tuesday night.

Mauntel's father says the mother of four, who was from South Fairmount, was addicted to drugs. It's an allegation her brother denies.

"Said that she was scared of the neighborhood she was in, in Indiana she was staying," said Gary Burton Jr., Mauntel's brother. "She wanted to come home to her kids and come home to her family, but was afraid of what everybody would say because she was gone."

Another Forest Park man was also hurt in the incident. He's recovering at University Hospital.

Meanwhile, police are refusing to talk about any new developments in the case.