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Daughter of man killed in weekend triple murder: 'My dad was my everything'

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The weekend murders of three relatives in the Park DuValle neighborhood have left two children without their father.

Michael Bass, Sr., 44, was one of three men gunned down Saturday afternoon inside of his home.

Michael, Sr.’s wife asked the couple’s children to share memories of their father.

“My dad was my everything. We were linked at the hip, and now he’s gone. It’s hard,” described Michael Sr.'s 12-year-old daughter, Beautiful Bass.

“My dad called me Honeybun, and I never really knew why, but it’s been my name since I was a baby,” Beautiful said. “He loved his children, and he’d do anything for his children.”

Michael Bass, Jr., 13, was named after his father.

“Everybody says I look like him, I play like him, I think like him, I talk like him,” Michael, Jr. said.

Michael, Sr. was once a star football player for Pleasure Ridge Park High School. His children describe him as a great guy with a “big smile.”

The two children were already emotional over the recent death of a sibling, so when they learned of their father’s murder, it was difficult to process.

“I was with my dad on Father’s Day. All day. It was just shocking, because I just buried my brother two weeks ago, and then I get this phone call, and my dad’s passed away,” Beautiful said.

According to the wife of Michael, Sr., the other two men murdered, Larry Thomas and John Bailey, were Michael, Sr.’s cousins, who were visiting from Baltimore.

In court Tuesday, William Mason, Jr. pleaded not guilty to three counts of murder. The 31-year-old’s bond was set at $1 million full cash.

Mason had a lengthy criminal history, including illegal drug and gun possession.

He has been ordered to have no contact with the victims' families.

“Glad to know that he’s not on the streets still walking around," Beautiful said. "I’m glad to know that he’s locked up and put away."

As the children cope without their father, the two say they’re left with plenty of memories, including countless photos.

Michael, Jr. says he one day hopes to even wear his father’s football jersey, number 38.

“I seen a lot of his trophies and his football pictures,” Michael, Jr. said. “I just want to be like him.”

Police have not released any information on a possible motive for the killings.


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