16-Year-Old Becomes City's 32nd Homicide Victim

By Shannon Davidson

(LOUISVILLE, June 22nd, 2004, 6:25 p.m.) -- Louisville Metro homicide detectives are working yet another case. A 16-year-old boy was shot and killed in the Portland neighborhood Monday, just blocks from his own home. WAVE 3's Shannon Davidson has the latest on the investigation.

Police are hoping some of the tips they've been given in the hours since the murder will help lead to an arrest, but for now no suspect has been named.

Friends and family of Arthur Mattingly dropped off mementos at 26th and Griffiths Streets Tuesday, forming a makeshift memorial at the spot where the Shawnee High School junior was gunned down about 11:30 Monday night. It's a tribute to a teen whose family affectionately referred to as "Minnow."

Marilyn Yelder remembers her son as a free-spirited youth who "went to church and played ball."

Mattingly, the oldest of three children, had celebrated his 16th birthday exactly one month before he was killed. Yelder says her son couldn't wait to earn money to help ends meet with the family and buy himself a car. "He was going to get him a job Monday. He said, 'mom, I don't care what type of job it is.' He was going."

According to police, someone flagged down an officer to let them know someone had been shot. The officer then found Mattingly on the ground with several gunshot wounds, including one to the head.

He was taken to University Hospital, where he died around midnight.

Mattingly's murder was the city's second in as many days, and the 32nd homicide in 2004. Police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley says the murders add to an already heavy case load for homicide investigators.

"Needless to say, none of the departments like to see any homicides occurring anywhere throughout the metro area," Smiley said. "But they will be working just as diligently on this particular homicide as they are all the others."

Yelder says her son's death is yet another senseless shooting that could have been prevented. She says teens "need more programs and activities to keep them out of getting in trouble and stuff."

Mattingly was an accomplished basketball player in out-of-school leagues. His mother says Mattingly was hoping to play ball in college someday.

Now the teen's family is hoping the police are able to arrest the person responsible for Mattingly's death. And in her grief Yelder is looking to a higher power for guidance, saying she needs God in her life. "This is just the first step, I've got a lot to go through."

Funeral arrangements for Mattingly haven't yet been set.

Online Reporter: Shannon Davidson

Online Producer: Michael Dever