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LMPD investigating 2 Derby Day homicides

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Louisville Metro Police are investigating two homicides after two men were found dead just 12 hours apart on Kentucky Derby day.

According to LMPD spokesperson Carey Klain, officers found one man shot and killed in the 700 block of Phillips Lane.

Klain says the victim was found dead from a gunshot wound just after 11 p.m.

Officials say the victim was a white male, who was possibly in his mid to late 20s.

Twelve hours earlier, Joseph Starks, 26, was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds at the 1100 block of 38th Street in the Chickasaw neighborhood.

The coroner pronounced Starks dead at the scene at 2:05 p.m. Saturday. 

Starks' father says he found his son's body. 

"Frustrated. Mad. What could it be that someone would do an individual like that and can go to sleep or maybe out doing the same thing today as you're talking to me," Joseph Starks Jr. said. "It's scary." 

Family members say Starks, known to many as "Lil' Joe" had been missing for a few days.  

His father, also named Joseph Starks, says he last spoke to his son Wednesday. It's the same day he got some alarming news.

"Somebody called me hysterical, said, 'Something happened to Little Joey...took Lil' Joe," he told WDRB News. 

When no one heard from Starks the next day loved ones started putting up posters and searching the area. 

Starks says a lot of people cared about his son and he'll be missed. He's described as someone who would help the community or give a stranger a ride. 

Family members say they don't know who would hurt him. Police haven't released information about a suspect. 

"Maybe it might not be time for me to know what happened," Starks said, "But the main thing, God gave me what I asked for. I said, 'Help me find my baby.' It's only by the grace of God that me and his mother was able to find him, and I just thank God for that." 

The homicide unit is investigating both cases.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 574-LMPD (5673).

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