Murdered 21-year-old remembered on the anniversary of his death

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A year after a 21-year-old man was murdered in broad daylight, family and friends remembered him. Loved ones held a ceremony in front of the Kentucky Victims of Homicide Memorial at Resthaven Memorial Park Sunday.

On April 3rd, 2009, 21-year-old Camden McCroskey was shot and killed in the parking lot of the ValueMarket in the 7500 block of the Outer Loop. LMPD officers arrested James Stover and Jeffery Moore, charged them with McCroskey's murder. Police say Stover and Moore were buying marijuana from McCroskey.

On Saturday afternoon, McCroskey's family and friends prayed and shared memories of Camden. They wrote messages for the 21-year-old victim on balloons. When the ceremony was over, everyone released those balloons into the air. "We loved him so much. He took my whole families heart," Donna Dennis, Camden's Mother-in-law, said.

"Just remember your actions do effect -not just yourself, but everybody around you," Uncle, Jackie McCroskey told the crowd.

McCroskey's name joins the hundreds of people listed on the memorial wall. His family and friends said its been a tough year. "Somewhere in the back of everybody's mind and in their heart, Camden is still with everybody," Mark Gunn said. Gunn is a friend of the family.

For 365 days, McCroskey's family and friends said they have thought about that day when the 21-year-old was murdered. "Not a day goes by we don't think about him," Mitch Huff said.

A year after his death, his family moves forward thinking about his memory and the little girl he's left behind. "There's never a day, hardly any moment, where she's not touched by him in some way, shape or form," Gunn said.

"Please keep Camden's memory alive forever. This has forever changed my life and I will never be the same again, but you all helped me," Camden's mom, Kim Vanderhaar said.

Stover and Moore are awaiting trial. Police say Stover and Moore have admitted to officers they were involved in the shooting. Both men have been charged with murder, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and possession of marijuana.