Police investigating double murder in south end

Marie Dickerson
Marie Dickerson
Tracie Hernandez (source: family photo)
Tracie Hernandez (source: family photo)

By Katie Bauer email | bio

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Police are investigating after two people were found shot to death in a home in the city's south end. Police were called to the 5300 block of Halsey Court around 4:30 Monday afternoon, and that's where they found the victims - a man and a woman - fatally shot.

As police continue to look for whoever is responsible for this double homicide, the mother of the woman found dead says she's still in shock.

"I just walked in from work and my daughter called and said something was going on at Tracie's house, she didn't know what, there were police all around," said Marie Dickerson, the victim's mother.

When Dickerson got that call she says she knew something was wrong. "I just had a feeling that she was gone," said Dickerson.

She rushed to Washington Park Townhomes where she says her daughter, Tracie Hernandez, lived with her two sons, but crime scene tape blocked her path as investigators tried to piece together what happened.

"When officers arrived, they did find the body of a female and a male who had apparently been shot inside the home," said LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell. "Both received fatal injuries and were pronounced dead at the scene."

Dickerson says male murder victim was her daughter's boyfriend.

Police sources tell us a child was in the home at the time of the shooting, and he ran to a neighbor's house for help.

Metro Police say they are investigating this crime as a double homicide, not a murder-suicide. When family members heard what happened, they were in disbelief.

"This is my worst nightmare, none of my kids were ever into anything bad," said Dickerson. "They were all good people and for something like this to happen is just unbelievable."

Dickerson says the loss of her daughter is especially tough, because she was so close to turning her life around for the better, as she aimed to finish college. "She was a hard worker and she was 6 months away from graduating with a degree in social work," said Dickerson. "She was trying to make that dream come true."

Police have not identified a suspect in the shootings. Call 574-LMPD with any information.

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