Son of man killed on Churchill backside speaks out about death - News, Weather & Sports

Son of man killed on Churchill backside speaks out about death

Adan Perez (Source: Kentucky Horse Racing Commission) Adan Perez (Source: Kentucky Horse Racing Commission)
Wilson Perez Wilson Perez

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It's back to racing at Churchill Downs for the first time since the Kentucky Derby and since a worker was found dead not long after on the backside.

Louisville Metro Police say there are no arrests or suspects in the death of 48-year-old Adan Perez. His murder and who may have done it is in the back of the minds of a lot of people on the backside.

"I'm surprised. The next day in the morning that it happened," says worker Arturo Saldana. Saldana has traveled to many tracks. This is his first season working at Churchill. He says he's never heard of a murder at a track.

Who did it is one of the many questions Perez's 19-year-old son Wilson told reporter Ed Lavendera he wants to know along with answers for what happened. Wilson says he spoke to his father on the phone Saturday night. He says his father was at a restaurant with friends and everything sounded normal.

It makes the workers here a little unsure to know a killer is out there somewhere, but they trust in the security at Churchill. "Yeah this place is safe. We got security around. We trust the people here," says Saldana.

Along with Wilson, Perez leaves behind 6 kids and a wife, all of whom are in Guatemala. There are several organizations that work with horsemen trying to get Perez's body back to his home country of Guatemala for a funeral.

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