Playground dedicated in memory of Ivan Cano

Ivan Cano (Source: Family photo)
Ivan Cano (Source: Family photo)
Cecil New
Cecil New

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE)- Cesar Ivan Cano would have been 9 years old Sunday.

His family, friends, supporters, prosecutors and investigators in his case all gathered Sunday, to dedicate a playground in honor of the child who's life was taken 4 years ago. Four years after the death of her son, Cesar Ivan Cano's mother said she doesn't have an answer as to how she made it this far.

But, many people gathered in support of her as they dedicated a playground in memory of little Ivan.

"She knows her son will not be here, but she has a good memory of him and it's a happy memory and a beautiful memory," Daisy Davila, an interpreter for Rosalina Cano said.

Through an interpreter, Ivan's mother, Rosalina Cano said she still feels her son.

"Everyday" Cano said via her interpreter.

Cesar Ivan Cano went missing from near his Churchill Downs home on June 29th 2007.

A week later, sanitation workers found his body in the back of a garbage truck.

In December 2007, police arrested convicted sex offender Cecil New. He pled guilty and was sentenced to life without parole.

"I think the most important thing we can learn from this, is it takes everybody to solve a case. No matter how big or how small it may be. whether it's a child or an adult," Lt. Barry Wilkerson, Commander of the Louisville Metro Police Homicide Unit said.

Sunday, dozens gathered as Ivan's mother released balloons.

A playground at the South Louisville Community Center on Taylor Blvd. is dedicated to Ivan

"That playground out there simplifies his life," Christopher 2X, with Fighting Crimes Against Children said Sunday.

"She's very happy with the park and appreciates," Cano's interpreter said "She just wants everybody to take that with them. to take a memory of her child. She feels closure."

Kim Jarboe came in support. Her son, 15-year-old Andrew Elliot, was killed in October 2010.

"I'm still going through all the processes that she's already been through," Jarboe said "So, I'm just trying to make sure that she continues to get closure and be happy with her life and her son's life."

In the memory of Rosalina's son, she had a message for parents

"To think and have patience with their children," She said through her interpreter "Because, you just don't wish this situation upon no body."

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