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Two men found murdered near downtown Louisville on a playground

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The playground area at Sheppard Square where two men were found murdered early Tuesday morning. The playground area at Sheppard Square where two men were found murdered early Tuesday morning.
Crime scene tape and a #19 flag mark evidence near the crime scene. Crime scene tape and a #19 flag mark evidence near the crime scene.
A daytime look at the playground where the shooting took place with yellow police tape around it. A daytime look at the playground where the shooting took place with yellow police tape around it.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Homicide detectives are investigating a double murder after two men were found with gunshot wounds near a playground at a public housing complex in the Smoketown neighborhood near downtown Louisville.

Officer Carey Klain, a Louisville Metro Police spokesperson, said the two were discovered outside the Sheppard Square housing complex in the courtyard playground area around 2:45 a.m. Tuesday.

One man was pronounced dead at the scene; the second victim was rushed to University Hospital, where he died a short time later. Police are still looking for leads.

"The homicide detectives are out here and they are talking with individuals," Klain said. "They will be canvassing the area, trying to gather any information that may lead them to the shooters, and what happened."

For the most part, neighbors have been quiet, claiming they didn't see or hear anything.

"At this time, we did not get any reports of shots fired prior to the incident and so we do not have any information in regards to what did occur here," Klain said. "It's actually been very quiet out here. It's a nice night out in summer; there were not a whole lot of issues with crowd control."

Police don't believe the two men were in the playground area for long when officers were notified of the shooting.

"It doesn't appear that they were here very long," Klain said. "Someone did discover the two men fairly quickly. Police responded and the one was transported to University Hospital."

Investigators have been looking closely at everything at the scene, from a rag found on the playground, to what looks like discarded items in the parking lot left behind after Independence Day celebrations.

It's not clear if the two victims knew each other or what may have sparked the shooting.

"It's still early in the in the investigation," Klain said. "It's unclear if these two were in some exchange between each other or if there was anyone else that was involved."

Family members were making their way to the scene early Tuesday morning, like Pamela Edwards who is an aunt to one of the victims.

"I actually just got off of work and just found out the bad news," Edwards told WAVE 3 News.

Edwards left work to head to the apartment complex.

"When I found out about the situation it was real shocking to actually find out that somebody actually killed a person that was real nice," Edwards said. "We're just basically trying to get answers because it's really shocking to see something like this actually happen because he doesn't bother anybody."

It's been a rough time for the family, Edwards said.  Her mother passed away from cancer.

"Last year around the time that my mother passed away he was at the funeral and everybody got together," Edwards said.

While she didn't see her nephew often, she says it's the memories of those large family gatherings what she will cherish.

Now her brother – the victim's father – is trying to plan funeral arrangements for his son while everyone just wants to know what happened.

"Right now it's just really like hurt because we're just really trying to find out answers about the situation like who would actually kill somebody like that, you know, a person who has a good heart and wouldn't mind do anything for you," Edwards said.

Deputy coroner Rita Taylor has identified the victims as 27-year-old Joshua Jenefor and 25-year-old Mechall Acuff. Both men died of gunshot wounds to the body.

If you have any information, call the anonymous LMPD crime tip line at 574-LMPD (5673).

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