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Vigil held for little boy murdered inside his Versailles home

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VERSAILLES, Ky. (WDRB) - Hundreds came together at a football field in Versailles on Monday night to remember the little boy police say was murdered by a stranger in his home.

We're told Logan Tipton, 6, loved to play football. So under the stadium lights, mourners gave him a fitting tribute. 

"His smile was contagious. He was a kid that had just absolute love in his heart," said Peter Barnhardt, who knows Logan's family well through the Woodford Youth Football League and helped plan Monday's vigil.

"I sobbed," Barnhardt said. "I've cried a lot today." 

Police say Ronald Exantus, 32,broke into the Tiptons' home family's Versailles home early Monday morning and stabbed the little boy to death. 

According to an arrest report, "Exantus was detained by the father of the victim and held for police." 

Logan's father was emotional as he spoke at the vigil. 

"As a father, your job is to protect your children, and I could not protect him," Dean Tipton said. 

But the Tiptons are calling Logan's sister a hero, saying she tried to fight the suspect off until her dad got there. 

The heartbroken family also thanked supporters for standing by them and helping remember their little boy. 

"All you think about is your kids, and it could have easily been your kids," said Danny Reynolds, who attended the vigil. 

Reynolds grew up in Versailles and knows how close people who live here are. 

"The community is small," he explained. "Everybody knows everybody. It's just like family."

Those in attendance said prayers and sang with the family to show their support. 

Logan's mom says her son was afraid of the dark, and she asked those at the vigil to sing the song that helped him fall sleep, "Silent Night."

The little boy, whose life was taken far too soon, is already touching so many. 

"They're gonna see tonight how their 6-year-old angel affect a community," Barnhardt said. 

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