Adan Fabian Perez (Source: Kentucky Horse Racing Commission)
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The man found murdered in a barn just hours after the Kentucky Derby, came to America for a better life.
Police don't have any suspects in the murder of 48-year-old Adan Fabian Perez. Perez was a native of Guatemala.
Louisville Metro Police say they are speaking with several witnesses who have come forward with information on the case.
"Mr. Perez was a father, a brother, obviously a son of someone," said LMPD Lt. Barry Wilkerson.
Perez was a groom for trainer Cecil Borel, the brother of jockey Calvin Borel.
The Borel family released a statement through Churchill Downs early Monday evening saying, "We are deeply saddened by the loss of Mr. Perez. He was a kind, hard working man who took pride in his job, loved the horses he cared for and had no enemies that we are aware of. We hope that a full investigation will lead police to whomever committed this terrible crime, and that the individual or individuals responsible for this brutal act of violence will be brought to justice. In the mean time, we ask for your respect and privacy while we mourn the loss of a close member of our racing stable. We also ask that you keep Mr. Perez's son in your thoughts and prayers."
On Sunday, a track security officer found Perez's body around 5:00 a.m. in barn number 8, about a 1/2 mile away from the barn where he lived.
"His body was actually located in the barn itself," said Lt. Wilkerson. "If you are familiar with how they are set up, you have the stalls in the middle and the barn itself is a little larger. He was in the back portion of the barn, so it was a situation where you knew he obviously wouldn't be a natural place to be."
Police believe the murder took place after midnight. Detectives are looking at surveillance video to try to piece together what happened on the backside.
Perez's 19-year-old son, who also works at Churchill as a groom, identified the body.
The coroner hasn't released the cause of death but, police do suspect foul play because of wounds found on Perez's body.
"Our main focus right now is to find individuals who saw what occurred and holding the person responsible accountable," said Lt. Wilkerson.
Police believe this case was an isolated incident.
Perez was licensed by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission since 2008.
LMPD's Spanish speaking officers are working on the case as well.
If you have any information on this case you are asked to call the anonymous tip line 574-LMPD.
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