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Recent Louisville murder victim was involved in another high profile case

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville murder victim was recently involved in another high profile case.

Tyrone Booker Jr., 21, was one of four young men arrested two years ago after violence in downtown Louisville.

He was eventually released from jail and cleared in that case, but this one does not have a happy ending.

LMPD detectives are trying to find out who shot and killed him over the weekend.

"He was one of the misidentified four," said Tyrone Booker Sr., victim's father.

"We knew from the beginning that they were the wrong people."

It is now unimaginable grief just one year later. On Sunday, Booker Jr. was shot and killed on East Oak Street in Old Louisville.

"You took away an innocent life," Booker Sr. said.

The victim's father is clearly grief-stricken.

"This is not about you anymore ... you have just made this personal."

He talked directly to his son's killer while being interviewed by WDRB News.

"And if you've got an inch of God in you, please turn yourself in," Booker Sr. said.

"Basically, what I heard is just up to six gunshots," said Kayla Mason, who lives near the scene.

"And then the next thing I know, there's two guys running out of the alley ... sprinting that direction."

People who live near the scene heard the gunshots and even saw suspects, but so far, there have been no arrests in the case.

"At this point, we do not have any suspects," said Alicia Smiley with LMPD. "Our homicide unit has taken over the investigation."

Meanwhile, Booker Jr. and three others were paid $1.5 million by the city after being arrested in connection with the violence in downtown a few years ago. The three young men spent more than  two months in jail.

"I felt good that my son and his cousins got out, but I was full of anger on how the justice system treated them," Booker Sr. said.

Now he hopes that same system can catch his son's killer.

"We will not have peace until the person has been caught."

Booker Jr. also has a young son.

If you have any information about the case, please call LMPD's anonymous tip line at 574-LMPD.

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