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LMPD asking for tips from anyone at Thoroughbred Lounge early Jan. 13

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Murder victim 32-year-old Kipoyo Portas. Murder victim 32-year-old Kipoyo Portas.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- If you were at the Thoroughbred Lounge strip club, at the corner of Manslick Road and 7th Street Road, during the early morning hours of Tuesday, Jan. 13, Louisville Metro Police may want to talk to you.

A spokesperson for Louisville Metro Police says the department is hoping people who were there during that time may have seen or heard something that could be helpful in solving a murder that took place in the area. Anyone who was in the area at that time is asked to call the LMPD tipline at 574-LMPD.

Early Tuesday morning, police responded to Conn Alley, just off Manslick Road, after a passerby discovered a body. Police say 32-year-old Kipoyo Portas was shot to death, likely hours before the sun came up.

"I really think drugs is the biggest problem," said Franklin Taylor, who lives nearby.

Taylor lives inches from where the man's body was found.

He says in the seven months he's lived there, he's heard or witnessed a lot of crime.

"I feel so sorry for him. I hope the police do their job. I'm pretty sure they'll find out who shot him but it's sad," Taylor told WDRB.

Taylor says he wants to move knowing how much violence there's been lately.

"With the gun shots you hear, in the past several months I've lived here, it's no surprise," he said.

Just last week, there was a non fatal shooting just yards away from this scene.

"Here lately, it's been happening a whole lot," said Kiel, a neighbor.

He says he doesn't feel safe being out after dark.

"I just stay to myself and hope nothing happens to me while I'm out and about running around going to work and stuff. It's crazy, crazy out here. It's not in just one area. It's all over and it's kind of scary," he told WDRB.

While police work to find out who the shooter is, Kiel says he'll continue to mind his own business -- and pray for those who don't.

"Young people today don't value life like us older people and stuff like that and it's real sad and I feel sorry for the young man."

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