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Memorial to honor murdered Louisville boy

Two years ago Tuesday, a Louisville boy was found murdered in a trash can.  Now plans to build a memorial and playground in his honor are moving ahead, thanks to a famous jockey.

July 7th, 2007 is a day many in the community will never forget, as Ivan Cano's body was found by sanitation workers in a trash can.  Two years later, organizers announce that a memorial and playground in Ivan's honor will soon be constructed at the South Louisville Community Center.

Christopher 2X, an organizer of the project, explains, "That playground is for fighting crimes against children and advocating safety."  July 31st would have been Ivan's seventh birthday.

Other parts of the playground and fencing will be finished in phases, but all the money for the project has been secured.  It was supposed to cost $25,000, but because of the recession and sponsors who pulled out, the project was scaled back to cost $15,000.

Jockey Robby Albarado ended up donating an undisclosed amount of money to get the project finished.

Ivan's mother Rosa Cano and Ivan's grandfather Angel left Louisville in December of last year.  Angel just died a few weeks ago in his home counry of Guatemala, where Ivan is also buried.  Rosa has been staying with family members in New Orleans and Florida, who are in the racing industry.

Rosa plans to be back in Louisville for the unveiling of the playground and for Cecil New's scheduled trial in February.  New is a registered sex offender who has been charged in Ivan's death.

Organizers hope the new playground and memorial will remind people about the importance of child safety.

Phase two of the project will include a murder victim's memorial for children.

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