LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A Louisville man would have celebrated his 41st birthday this Halloween, but he was killed six months ago. Troy Pruitt was found dead outside an elementary school in Louisville's Parkland neighborhood on April 26.
The Jefferson County Coroner's Office said Pruitt died of a gunshot wound to the head. Pruitt's body was found outside Brandeis Elementary School on West Kentucky Street. He lived just down the street from the school.
Pruitt is one of many 2016 unsolved homicides cases in Louisville. His fiancé is hoping for some justice in the case.
"He was kind and loving and he was a human being like everyone else," said Pruitt's fiancé Honey Hamilton.
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Pruitt called his fiancé, his sister, and his future mother-in-law the night he was killed. They believe his killers came after him, not once, but twice that night. They believe he was shot while climbing a fence at the school.
"He said somebody was shooting at him," Hamilton's mother Mary Hinkle said. "Somebody pulled up on him and asked him if his name was Roy and he said no. He said 'mom, they are shooting' and I said 'Troy, where you at?' And he said 'I'm right here by the school' and he hung up."
Hinkle said while on the phone, she could hear Pruitt running and gun shots. She said after Pruitt hung up, he hid and called his sister and that's when the shooter came back.
"When I heard somebody was shooting at him, I took off running," said Hamilton. "I heard the last shots by the time I got to the school. He had jumped over the fence trying to get away and that's where they found him," Hinkle said.
"There were multiple people involved in this shooting," said LMPD Sgt. Jon Lesher. "It looked like he was hiding from them."