LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A frightening find turned into a search for answers in a city troubled by a surge in murders and violent crime. The body of a black man in his mid-to-late 20s was discovered around 8:30 Thursday morning in the Shawnee neighborhood. 

George Pumphrey says he woke up to detectives in the street.

"I was born and raised here and I ain't never seen nothing like it," Pumphrey said.

Louisville Metro Police spokesman Dwight Mitchell was tight-lipped about the manner of the man's death, except to say that he likely died "from some kind of blunt force trauma."

The location is right next to a train track at the corner of 31st Street and Chestnut Street. The victim was in the alley, but high trees blocked the line of sight adjacent to a printing factory and a car shop. Witnesses seemed few and far between.

"People that live on down in the West End, they cut through there to make a short cut going to Kroger, Taco Bell, Mcdonald's -- stuff like that," Pumphrey said.

As investigators blocked off the area trying to gather clues, word of another murder spread through the neighborhood. By mid-morning a mother arrived at the corner, fearing the victim was her adult son, whom she dropped off at 1 a.m. The victim didn't match the description, which was a relief for her, but another dead end for detectives.

"It's just really gotten rampant here," Pumphrey said. "I don't know if people hating on one another, or drugs, or what's going on."

In the last week, Louisville has seen a homeless man nearly beaten to death, a rapper shot and killed and someone else burned alive.

"I want to say, and continue to say, that Louisville is still one of the safest cities in America," Mitchell said. "We cannot arrest ourselves out of this situation and we cannot legislate morality."

There have been no arrests yet, and no answers. Perhaps the mystery is not just who did it, but why is it happening so often.

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