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Murder victim's family leaves his Christmas lights burning to honor memory, spotlight case

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Christmas tribute spotlights an unsolved Louisville murder.

Vincent Starling was shot dead on his doorstep on Ratcliffe Avenue near Dixie Highway and Algonquin Parkway a week ago. Family, friends and loved ones are still in mourning as they face their first Christmas without him.  

"My uncle had the lights put up two days before his death," said Jaquale Starling. "Our plan is to keep the lights on until we find justice."

Vincent Starling was known for his Christmas parties -- big, extravagant affairs where neighbors, family and friends would all attend. Loved ones said he made sure everyone got a gift. The giving stopped Dec. 3. Police say someone shot Starling in front of his home around 5:30 in the morning. He died in front of his decorations.

"Unfortunately, at this point and time we have no suspects," said LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell. 

Investigators combed the neighborhood as well as Starling's home the day he died, carrying off bags of evidence, and they're now asking for the public's help. Mitchell said they need to know "whether that person (the gunmen) was invited, uninvited or was someone he knew -- those are the pieces or clues that were still trying to find out."

While police look for Starling's killer, his Christmas lights are shining day and night.

"He always lit up the block," recalled neighbor Eltaka Moore. 

Jaquale Starling said the twinkling decorations both honor his uncle's memory and spotlight the case. The family hopes someone will drive by, remember Vincent and say something.

"It's like he was the heart and soul of our family," said Starling. "So by them taking my uncle, it's like everything is falling apart. But we're trying to be strong just for him. I'm pretty sure what's done in the dark comes to light so we're just going to let God find that out."

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the LMPD crime tipline at 502-574-LMPD (502-574-5673). Callers can remain anonymous. 

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UPDATE: Ratfliffe Avenue murder victim identified

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