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Sister of murdered Jeffersontown teacher, Steve Dillard, issues brief statement

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The sister of a Jeffersontown teacher police say was murdered last week spoke out for the first time Tuesday morning.

Aynn Dillard, the sister of 55-year-old Steve Dillard, gave a very brief statement to the media at the Jeffersontown Police Department. Police say she found her brother's body covered by a sheet in his bedroom Friday morning. Authorities say Steve Dillard had been beaten and stabbed to death.

"Steve spent his life trying to improve the lives of some of Louisville's disadvantaged and forgotten children, many of whom are from Louisville's most violent neighborhoods," Aynn Dillard said.

She took no questions, read from a paper and requested privacy, though police say she asked to make this public statement to help process her grief.

"The family would like to thank the many friends, neighbors and members of the public for their support at this time," she said.

"We were not the only family touched by tragedy this past week," she added. "And our hearts go out to the others who are morning the loss of their loved ones."

Police have arrested and charged 20-year-old Ronshai Jenefor with murder in connection with Dillard's death, after Jenefor allegedly confessed to the crime.

"No real details," said Major Ken Hatmaker of the Jeffersontown Police Department. "Just that he killed him and it was a short confession, to the point."

Dillard ran a foster home for troubled kids. Police say Jenefor aged out of the system, but Dillard let him move back in.

The case is by no means closed for detectives. They're looking into the history of both men to see if they can find a motive. WDRB has learned Dillard just returned to the classroom after a 9-month leave of absence from JCPS.

Jenefor's last major offense was drug conviction in 2013.

Dillard was also an active member with the Kentucky Chess Association. John Simons, a tournament coordinator with the Kentucky Chess Association, said organization members learned of Dillard's death on Friday and were shocked.

Simons also said Dillard was a teacher for several years at Kammerer Middle School. He most recently taught at Carrithers Middle School.

Dillard also worked at the Christian Academy of Louisville as a computer teacher and as head of the school's chess team in the mid-1990s, according to a WDRB employee who was a student there at the time.

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