Metro police investigate double homicide in west Louisville

Deon Woods (source: Woods Family)
Deon Woods (source: Woods Family)
Derrick Banks (source: Banks Family)
Derrick Banks (source: Banks Family)

By Marisela Burgos - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Police officers are looking for the person responsible for shooting two men who were found dead in a car Sunday around 2:30 p.m.

Louisville Metro Police spokesperson Carey Klain says both men were found inside a gold Sebring parked in the 2700 block of Howard Street in the Parkland Neighborhood.

Family members told WAVE 3 the two men found inside the car were Deon Woods and his lifelong friend, Derrick Banks. Family rushed to the scene to support one another.

"He was a wonderful guy. He's well liked by a lot of people and I'm just not understanding why someone would kill someone in broad daylight," Ron Lee said about his cousin Deon Woods.

Lee said he had seen both men about 45 minutes before police officers found them. "He was happy. He was real happy and I'm just not understanding, like I said. I just don't understand why someone would take his life 'cause he had a loving family," Lee said.

Lee says Woods lived nearby.

"You can't keep a good person down. My son and his cousin were good people's so whoever did this, don't think you all are going to get by with this. It's not over, that's all I got to say," Joann Woods, Deon's mother, said.

Family described the pair as brothers.

"They've been best friends forever. You're not going to see one without the other," Annika Eubanks, who is related to Banks wife, said.

Eubanks says the Banks family is struggling with the loss.

"I can't say anything bad about Derrick because, I mean, everything I see is sweet," Eubanks said. "Derrick you're truly gonna be missed. We love you. We're going to miss you over here on Madison and everywhere else around the city."

One Woods family member says the car the men were found inside was a rental.

If you have any information about the shooting, call the LMPD anonymous crime tipline at 574-LMPD (574-5673).

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