Family and friends gather to remember teen shot to death on park playground

Cody Cantrell (Source: Cantrell Family)
Cody Cantrell (Source: Cantrell Family)
Sharon Cantrell
Sharon Cantrell
David Cantrell (Source: Cantrell Family)
David Cantrell (Source: Cantrell Family)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE)- Louisville Metro Police said they have a person of interest in the case of 17-year-old Cody Cantrell who was murdered on Thursday in a West Louisville park.

Just before 5:30 p.m. Thursday, officers were called to Algonquin Park in the 1600 block of Cypress Street, where they found 17-year-old Cody Cantrell on the playground area with multiple gunshot wounds. Cantrell was taken to University Hospital where he died about 45 minutes later.

In a terrible coincidence, Cody's father, David Cantrell, was murdered two years ago, just a few blocks away. According to Cody's grandmother, just as he was gaining a relationship with his father.

"I've been thinking about both of them all day. My husband was cremated, so I have an urn. David's hat was already on the left side. Today, I put cody's on the right side," Cantrell said as she began to cry. "They're together in my heart. Hopefully they're together wherever they are and whatever God has in store for them. They're together."

Saturday, dozens of family members and friends of Cody Cantrell gathered to remember him at the same park where he was shot. Those who knew him fought thorough their pain and tears to speak about what Cantrell was like and the violence that took his life.

"He was my brother. We were together everyday," Bubba Young, a friend of Cantrell's said Saturday. "We played basketball together, we went to school together."

Another of Cantrell's friends, Brittney Campbell, also talked about Cantrell, Saturday

"He was like a brother to me. We had hard times. Up and down. Arguments, we'd laugh and we'd think about stuff," Campbell said."It's crazy."

Saturday, Cantrell's grandmother, Sharon Cantrell, urged those in attendance not to turn to violence in the wake of Cody Cantrell's death.

"Because, revenge is the Lord's. You know? That's in the bible. They will get theirs," Cantrell said. "Why put your self in jeopardy of going to prison for killing somebody that's not worth it? Let the Lord take care of him, and he will. He will."

Now, Sharon Cantrell is searching for strength.

"We don't know god's plan. that's what I keep telling myself, to help me. We don't know God's plan," Cantrell said. "Like I say, I have faith and I know God always has a plan. Just give me the strength to get through this and to see the plan. "

Metro police said having a person of interest is due to the different tips given to police by witnesses and the community. The investigation is ongoing.

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