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Family of murdered boy found at Cherokee Park searching for answers

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Ray Allen Etherige (courtesy: Terri Collins) Ray Allen Etherige (courtesy: Terri Collins)
Ray Allen Etherige (courtesy: Terri Collins) Ray Allen Etherige (courtesy: Terri Collins)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- There are still many unanswered questions surrounding the murder of a 12-year-old boy found at Cherokee Park. The family, who is still in shock, say they just want justice.

Ray Allen Etheridge, or Ray Ray, as the family called him, was murdered sometime Tuesday. The family describes the pain as unimaginable.

“I remember picking him up and holding him up when he was a baby and him laughing and smiling,” said Melissa Hardin, Ray's aunt, in an interview.

Police found the boy's body Tuesday night at Cherokee Park and was later pronounced dead at Kosair Children's hospital. But the hours leading up to his death are a still a mystery.

“Supposedly he was at the library with his mother and that he had wandered off and came up missing,” said Ronald Etheridge, Ray's father.

Etheridge doesn't understand why Ray Ray would go off to a park by himself, let alone how someone could murder a 12-year-old boy.

"I don't understand why something like that would happen to him. He would do anything for anybody and easy to love," recalled Etheridge.

"I just want him -- the killer -- to please come forth, 'cause he didn't deserve it," said Hardin.

Ray Ray was last seen at the park wearing a gray hoodie with red and black Nike gym shoes.

His aunt describes him as loving everyone and says she will fight to get closure.

"We are going to find out what happened to him and we are going to keep on until we find out what happened to that baby," said Hardin.

Despite the struggle to find out who is responsible for Ray Ray's death, family members say it still hasn't sunk in that he's gone.

"God took another angel home, but I think it was just way, way, way too soon," said Hardin.

If you have any information regarding this crime, you're asked to call Metro Police at 574-LMPD.

A funeral fund has also been set up at the New Albany PNC Bank under Ray Allen Etheridge.

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