Mother says her 2 teenage sons were the victims in Sunday's double homicide
Louisville Metro Police is still working to identify two teenagers found murdered in west Louisville, but woman says they are her sons.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Investigators have still yet to identify two teenagers found murdered in west Louisville.
So far, the only thing police have been able to release is a sketch of the two victims.
But Elizabeth Wren, who says it was her sons who were killed, spoke with WDRB on Tuesday, and she identified them as Larry Ordway, 14, and Maurice "Reece" Gordon, 16.
Wren says she last saw her sons on Saturday night.
"We love you mom. We'll be back," they said as they left the house, according to Wren.
Both Larry and "Reece" were eighth graders at Olmstead Academy North.
Having taught them, Kevin Wigginton says he heard what happened, then saw victim sketches released by police.
He says he thought they looked a lot like his students.
"They weren't at school Monday, so that troubled me," Wigginton said. "So today when I went to school, they weren't at school today, and it's made me wonder, could it be these kids?"
LMPD is labeling the case a "double homicide". Neighbors say Larry and "Reece" were shot, burned and dumped.
"They are well-liked kids," Wren said. "Everybody knows them. They got killed over nothing."
"They were just in the wrong place at the wrong time."
People in the Shawnee neighborhood did not know the teens, but it is all still pretty upsetting.
"It was horrific, it was horrifying to see that," said Donna Beasley, who lives in the Shawnee neighborhood.
The victims' bodies were found in the backyard, next door to Beasley's home, on Sunday.
"All I could say was ... oh my God!" Beasley said.
Even though they did not know the victims, people in the Shawnee neighborhood held a vigil over the weekend, and Beasley did not hold her tongue when she had the crowds' ear.
"And if you don't get off your A Double Ss and do something about it, then you need to have your A double S-S whipped," she said.
Beasley said her message was aimed at parents, and she hopes it hits the mark.
"I don't regret saying it. If anybody wants to take me to task on that. Hey, here I am, take me to task. I'll say it to their faces. Doesn't make me any difference."
"It is spinning out of control, because people aren't saying anything," said Metro Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton.
Councilwoman Bryant Hamilton represents the Shawnee neighborhood on Metro Council and is reaching out to her constituents to speak up.
"We can't put cameras everywhere," she said. "We can't catch everybody, but everybody can see something. If you see something, say something."
"It is of my opinion that they were killed and brought here, you know, because they were laying side by side," Beasley said.
Although neighbors continue to stress that they don't believe the victims were killed where the bodies were located, they still have lots of questions and concerns.
"I'll have some peace, yeah, when they discover who they are, when the families know that they're children won't be coming home anymore," Beasley said.
Right now, LMPD detectives are actively working the case and asking anyone with information to call 574-LMPD.
There's a balloon release planned Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Wyandotte Park on Taylor Boulevard near the Watterson Expressway.
The public is invited, and many of the victims' family members will be there.
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