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Small Kentucky town mourns after 6-year-old is brutally murdered

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VERSAILLES, Ky (WDRB) -- Grief counselors are on hand at a Kentucky elementary school after one of its kindergartners was murdered. 

Logan Tipton, 6, was a student at Simmons Elementary in Versailles.

“It’s like we lost a member of our family," said Scott Hawkins, Woodford County Schools Superintendent. "I mean, we are very close knit so it impacts not only Simmons but it impacts other schools too ... We feel for one another, and we all hurt."

When the district got the information early Monday morning, the board of education immediately assembled a crisis team.

Police say the 6-year-old was asleep in his bed when he was stabbed to death by 32-year-old Ronald Exantus.

“As a father, your job is to protect your children, and I could not protect him,” Logan Tipton’s father Dean said at a vigil for the boy Monday night.

Police say Exantus walked through the family's unlocked front door around 4 a.m. Monday and wandered around before finding a kitchen knife and committing the crime. 

They say Tipton's 11-year-old sister tried to stop him until her dad could get upstairs. 

The boy's father held the suspect until police arrived. 

Exantus was arraigned on murder and burglary charges Monday afternoon, but police say they can't figure out the motive behind the brutal killing. 

There is no connection between the suspect and victim, and he has no known ties to Versailles, police said.

Exantus is a registered nurse with a family of his own in Indianapolis, according to those who know him.

They’ve taken to Facebook to say they're as shocked as anyone, calling him "nice, normal and a hard worker." 

An account has been set up to help raise money for the family to relocate and for counseling. 

You can also donate to Kentucky Bank in Versailles.

A visitation for Logan Tipton will be held Thursday at Clark Funeral Home from 2-8 p.m.

His funeral will be Friday at 11 a.m. at the Woodford County Community Stadium behind Falling Springs. 

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