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LMPD looking for info on murder victim found on Blevins Gap Road

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Christopher 2x 65-year-old Fred Baker was battling cancer, and was posing in that stance to show that he could fight it. Christopher 2x 65-year-old Fred Baker was battling cancer, and was posing in that stance to show that he could fight it.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- LMPD detectives, community leaders and family members are asking for people to come forward to help solve the murder of man found on the side of a road in southwest Louisville.

Friends and family knew 65-year-old Fred Baker as "Skip." His body was found on the side of Blevins Gap Road on July 8, not far from Saw Mill Road.

“We are just at a loss because Skip liked everybody and everybody liked Skip,” said Stanley Baker, Skip’s brother.

Skip spent a lot of time in the downtown area at the main library and Kling Center. Baker says he was baffled to learn his brother’s body was found miles away from his usual haunts.

“We don’t know anybody out there,” he said.

Investigators tell us Baker “suffered from obvious trauma and was believed to have been left in the area."

“To tell me he died of some type of trauma,” said his brother. “I’m not fine.”

Police aren’t revealing too many details in the investigation, but members of LMPD’s homicide unit, along with community leader Christopher 2x, gathered downtown Tuesday to ask people who were with Baker in the last week of his life or the day of the murder to come forward.

His brother describes Skip as homeless by choice. Despite that, he spent a lot of time at the Kling Center.  

“He was just a fun-loving kind of guy and good hearted,” said Kling Center social worker Linda Wheeler.

Wheeler says Skip battled liver cancer for the last several years, but chose not to treat it.

“As he got sicker and like slower people were always wanting to help him,” she said. “They were worried about him.”  

Christopher 2x was friends with Skip and calls the murder brutal and shocking.

"Once the public understood -- those who had some kind of interaction with Fred in the downtown area or otherwise -- they were really saddened by this, they were outraged by it because not only was he a 65-year-old homeless person, he was dealing with a serious cancer issue," 2X said.

Baker's friends and family plan to gather at 3rd and York at 6:30 p.m. on July 15 for a prayer vigil. There is also a viewing tomorrow at Calvary Episcopal Church from 5-8 p.m.   

If you spent any time Baker before he was killed, or have any information on possible suspects, you're asked to call the anonymous crime tip line at 574-LMPD.

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