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Gregg Ave. murder victim's family forgives killer, demands justice

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Levelle Richards (Courtesy: Family of Levelle Richards) Levelle Richards (Courtesy: Family of Levelle Richards)
Tracy Richards, the victim's wife Tracy Richards, the victim's wife
Darlene Richards, the victim's mother Darlene Richards, the victim's mother
Levelle Richards had two separate drug trafficking cases pending in Jefferson Co. District Court (Courtesy: Metro Corrections). Levelle Richards had two separate drug trafficking cases pending in Jefferson Co. District Court (Courtesy: Metro Corrections).

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Jefferson County Coroner's Office has identified a man police say was shot and killed at a home near Algonquin Park.

That man has been identified as 38-year-old Levelle Richards.

"There's no closure. They just took him," said the victim's wife, Tracy Richards, who found out her husband had been shot and killed during a phone call Thursday.

"How does that feel when you leave a family like that? No closures, no answers for anything? It was senseless," she said.

During her interview with WDRB, Tracy Richards was surrounded by family members including the victim's mother.

"The person that did this. I want them to turn themselves in. Please," said Darlene Richards.

Officers were called to the 1800 block of Gregg Ave. on Thursday and found Levelle Richards inside his basement dead from a gunshot wound.

"The type of guy he was, you'd think he had no enemies but clearly, someone had something out for him but does that matter? Does that mean you go and take somebody's life?" said Tracy Richards.

Levelle Richards was a father to two teenagers.

His 15-year-old daughter Latayvia Stockton is still trying to figure out why her father's life was cut short.

"I don't know. I don't know what I'm going to do," Stockton told WDRB.

Levelle's family gathered together on Friday, not to try and figure out what happened, but to comfort one another.

"Give me a shoulder to cry on," said Stockton.

"He was a good loving person. He loved everybody. I'm going to miss him dearly," said Levelle's uncle Nate Richards.

"He's always keeping people laughing, doing something fun," said Tracy Richards.

His family says they only want justice.

"I just want to say whoever did this to my nephew, I pray for you. I have no hatred for you. I pray for you. I pray for you and I do forgive you and I pray you repent to Lord Jesus," said Levelle's aunt Lenora Anderson.

"We were married for 14 years. He had a bar over on 5th Street. He grew up at Southwick Cotter Homes. Like he is Louisville," said Tracy Richards.

"How are you going to go on without him?" asked WDRB's Emily Mieure.

"I don't know. I don't know that. I can't answer that because I don't know," said Tracy Richards.

Police have made no arrests in the case.

Court records show Levelle Richards had two drug cases pending in Jefferson District Court for separate drug trafficking charges in May and Nov. 2013. A preliminary hearing for both cases was set for April 11.

If you have any information on this case, you're asked to call 574-LMPD.

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