Death of a 57-year-old man near downtown Louisville skate park ruled a homicide

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Authorities have ruled the death of a man near a downtown Louisville skate park a homicide.

The man has been identified as 57-year-old Brenden Mccourtney, according to Deputy Coroner J. David Wood.

Louisville Metro Police responded Tuesday morning to a report of a body on Franklin Street near the skate park.

"For the most part, people couldn't really believe it happened," said Drake Knight-Graves, who was at the park while police were investigating.

Officials say they are continuing to investigate in order to determine Mccourtney's precise cause of death, but authorities say he had suffered some form of trauma.

Frequent skate park patrons said they are not surprised. 

"I hate to sound rude, but in the city of Louisville, it's become so common sadly, homicides and stuff," said James Evans, a park patron.

As police continue to investigate this homicide, skaters said it won't keep them from the park. 

"For myself, I don't think I have any worry about it," said Jakob Markland, a park patron. "I don't get into anything down here, so I'm not too worried about anything happening to me."

Metro Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith said it was an isolated incident, and there's no reason not to feel safe. 

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact police at 574-LMPD (5673).

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