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Shooting victim's family holds vigil, calling for more answers in case

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)- Now 18 years old, it's hard for Stephen Waggener to talk about what once happened at the corner of 28th and Main Street in the Portland neighborhood.

"I was 12 years old, it was 5 years ago," says Stephen Waggener.

On Sunday, in the same place where a shooting happened in 2009, the victim's family members and friends stood together during a vigil to remember him.

"There's just so many unanswered questions and it just feels like there's more to this story than what was told, because it doesn't sound like something he would do," says Stephen Waggener.  

In 2009, 45-year-old William Waggener was found shot to death at 28th and Main Street. Authorities said he was shot in the back of the head.

23-year-old Gary Lindsey was charged with murder, but a jury found him guilty of reckless homicide.

Lindsey told police Waggener tried to break into his home, so he chased him down the street and shot him.

The prosecution said Waggener was left lying in the snow.

"That was execution style. That wasn't self-defense. I wouldn't say it was self-defense," said Ray Smithers, the victim's brother-in-law.

Waggener's son still wonders what happened that day.

"I don't think it had anything to do with breaking in anyone's home. I think it was an argument that escalated quickly and that was just a cover-up story," says Stephen Waggener.

With so many questions, he says there will never be closure for his family.

"I never got to say I love you to him one last time," he says.

During the vigil on Sunday, family and friends called for justice and more answers.

However,  Waggener knows that may never happen.

He says his focus now is trying to move forward, and keeping his word to his father.

"I'm just trying to make it in life because that's what my dad wanted and I'm just trying to fulfil that promise to him," says Stephen Waggener.

We did reach out to the family of Gary Lindsey. His father replied back this evening after learning of the vigil.

He says, "We are sorry for their loss. We all suffered a lot. Now we just want to be left alone. Gary struggles every day with what happened. He has done his time".

He went on to say "It is very hard on all of us . God bless the Waggener family for their loss". 

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