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Several suspects linked to Frankfort man found dead in pizza delivery car

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Brooke Kennedy (Source: Franklin County Detention Center) Brooke Kennedy (Source: Franklin County Detention Center)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say several suspects have been linked to a Frankfort man who was found dead inside a pizza delivery car -- but none of them are charged with the murder.

Police say this is the second homicide in Frankfort this year. Neighbors say they're in shock.

"Not in my whole life," said neighbor Jacob West. "I ain't never seen it, let alone come out the door to it."

It was a disturbing scene outside West's apartment Monday night. A man had been found fatally shot inside a pizza delivery car.

"There was a white sheet over the driver's door and the driver back side window was busted and we had already assumed somebody had died," West said.

Friends say the victim -- identified as Jared Banta -- was a great guy who didn't cause problems.

"From the time I met him, he was just a really great person and had a really big heart," said Kenzy Rhodes, a friend of the victim. "He was always making me laugh."

Frankfort Police have arrested three people in connection with the case. Brooke Kennedy is charged with conspiracy to commit robbery. A teen is facing the same charge and a second teen is a charged with robbery. 

Police say they believe a drug transaction of some type was taking place at the time of the shooting. They say they don't know who was selling or who was buying -- but they believe Banta was lured there to be robbed. Police also say they haven't charged anyone with murder in Banta's death, but the investigation is only beginning.

Major Rob Richardson of the Frankfort Police Department said, there "could be more charges with the people that are already charged, or there could be additional people involved."

Frankfort Police say the homicide at the Country Hills apartment complex is unusual and they're determined to get justice for the victim and his family. 

"We're working very diligently to come and resolve and try to find out who's responsible for this," said Major Richardson.

Neighbors feel for the vicitm's family and hope police find the shooter.

"I feel sorry for the family," West said. "I really do." 

If you have any information that can help this investigation, you're asked to call Frankfort Police at (502) 875-8523.

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