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Woman attends birthday celebration for murdered boy after her father is killed

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) - He would've celebrated a birthday in just three days, but a 12-year-old boy never got the chance to become a teen.

A woman who knew the young boy says she had no idea her family would soon face a similar tragedy.

"You know, he would come up there and he would sit and we would talk," said Natasha Davey, who added she remembers Ray Etheridge and his smile.

"Altogether he was a good kid," Davey said. “The circumstances were just unfortunate. His life was cut short."

On Sept. 30, someone found the 12-year-old's body in Louisville's Cherokee Park. Police say he had been stabbed to death. Officers later arrested Joseph Cambron, 21, charging him with murder.

"It's just senseless. And I mean my heart just dropped," Davey said.

Davey and others gathered Sunday at Walnut Ridge Cemetery in Jeffersonville to remember the boy they knew as “Ray Ray.”

"He was a really good kid,” Austin Collins said. “He would talk to anybody and nobody was a stranger to him ... everybody was his friend."

“You don't realize how precious life is and that tomorrow is not promised,” family friend Michael Collins said. “But when a child ... at the time he was only 12 years old ... it was a shock and devastating to our family."

“Ray Ray” would've turned 13 on June 3. Davey never thought she would feel what his family was going through until her father was murdered.

"And it just hit close to home," Davey said.

Marvin Davey, 51, was killed in April.

Police paperwork showed he and Jesse Williams were fighting when Davey got tangled up in his seatbelt. Williams then drove off, dragging Davey from Jeffersonville to Louisville, killing him. Williams is now charged with murder.

"It's hard,” Davey said. “Some days I don't even want to get up because I see things that remind me of my father. I hear him laughing. I just I don't know how I'm going to go on, but I will."

But events like the celebration held at the cemetery help her heal.

Friends made artwork and left behind a teddy bear - birthday gifts for a little boy who never got the chance to become a teen.

"Somebody who hasn't been through it will never understand the pain and the misery that you go through every day, and how you feel and the days when you just want to cry,” Davey said. “Nobody will understand that unless they've been through it."

Davey says she now plans a similar celebration for her father's birthday on April 9.

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