Family of man found shot to death speaks out

Mark Pace (Source: Louisville Metro Department of Corrections)
Mark Pace (Source: Louisville Metro Department of Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE)- Despite the holiday weekend spent with loved ones, several Kentuckiana families are instead coping with tragedy after losing their loved ones.

The most recent stems from a homicide early Sunday morning, off New Cut Road at the Yorktown Apartments. The victim is identified as 27-year-old Mark Pace. LMPD said they have no suspects, meanwhile Mark's family said they don't know why this happened. They are pleading for whoever is responsible to come forward.

"He was a good kid," said Mark's grandmother, Isabell Pace.

An Easter holiday turned nightmare for Isabell Pace. Her grandson was found shot to death Sunday Morning.

"We don't understand why all this happened," said Isabell. "What reasons came about or nothing. We're just in the dark."

According to police, Pace is said to be on a second story balcony of a friend's home at the Yorktown Apartments when he was shot. Whitney Trabue knew him well.

"You get a good vibe around him, you know what I'm saying?" said Trabue. "He's a cool guy. He ain't never do nothing to nobody."

Memories of a man relived in a photo album on Sunday. Trabue said Mark was a creative tattoo artist who loved what he did. He even left his mark on her.

"He did it about 3 weeks ago," said Trabue as she showed her tattoo. "He was supposed to finish it. He was supposed to color it in, but he didn't get to make it."

Sunday evening, people gathered at a makeshift memorial to remember Mark.

"Couldn't have a bad thing to say about him," said John Cummins, who lives nearby, and said he heard a shot early Sunday morning. "He dressed real nice. He was real presentable about himself, as far as yes sir, yes ma'am. I just don't see how anybody could be mad at him or even want to hurt him."

A cross with handwritten messages of love and loss staked in the ground on Easter.

"That family, instead of celebrating our Savior, they're mourning the death of their son," said Heather Cummins, who also heard a shot Sunday morning.

Holding pictures of the 2 children Mark leaves behind, his grandmother had a stern message for whoever is responsible

"Whoever killed my grandson, I hope they are found and prosecuted. Come to the light."

Anyone with information is asked to call the anonymous police tip line at 574-LMPD.

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