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One year later, still no answers in Kleier Ave. murder

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LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- It was September 19th, 2013 when shots were fired in a park near Churchill Downs, killing 42-year-old Damon White. His killer still runs free.

"There were witnesses that heard the gunshots," said Lt. Todd Kessinger with LMPD's Homicide Unit.

For a year now, detectives have been trying to find the gunman and a motive while retracing White's last moments.

"It was a warm night in September," said Kessinger. "It happened in the park and the park was crowded. We thought there would be more witnesses and more people come forward at that time."

While police aren't talking about a motive, the man who found White's body didn't want to be interviewed but told WDRB he wasn't surprised White was targeted.

The 42-year-old murder victim had a criminal record involving arson, wanton endangerment, stalking, terroristic threatening, assault, possession of a controlled substance and robbery.

Despite his history, White's family said the last year has been tough for them with so many unanswered questions.

"It's been a drain on them," Kessinger said. "They want to know what happened. They want to know why he was killed and those are questions we're trying to answer for them and we won't be able to do that until we solve the case."

A neighbor who didn't want to be identified tells us she has lived in the neighborhood for three decades and it wasn't until the last few years that she's felt unsafe.

"It's scary, you know, because I've never seen nothing like this and I hope it will get better," she said.

She has a fence and a guard dog to protect herself.

"We weren't having no murders or nothing like that. There's a lot of new people I don't know," the neighbor told WDRB.

While neighbors and family wait for answers, Kessinger said his detectives aren't giving up.

"It's at that point to where we did a good job of investigating it when it happened that night and we've got a lot of stuff in place. We just need that one little break to put it over the edge," he said.

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