LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Detectives believe the shooting death of Tyrone Booker Jr. was related to a drug transaction. Officials would not confirm whether Booker, or the unidentified person he was with, were the ones buying drugs.
"We are not saying whether Mr. Booker was the buyer or the seller. We are just going to say that he was involved in a narcotics transaction," Louisville Metro Police Department Sgt. Donny Burbrink said during a press conference Wednesday afternoon.
Burbrink would also not clarify the type of drug or the amount that was allegedly being purchased.
"I don't think we're dealing with Pablo Escobar here," he said.
Booker was shot in the back Sunday around 1 p.m. on the corner of Oak and Preston Streets.
Two suspects, Terrence Moore and Kentry Moore, were arrested Tuesday and charged with murder and robbery. Kentry Moore is also charged with tampering with physical evidence, while his brother faces additional charges of trafficking in marijuana and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.
According to LMPD, the victim knew the suspects through other acquaintances. Burbrink said they were not friends.
Last year, Booker was part of a $1.5 million settlement with the city after he and three others were wrongfully arrested in connection to the downtown mob violence in 2014. The money was split between those involved.
Detectives do not believe the settlement had anything to do with his death.
Booker's family has always said that he was not a troublemaker, but rather a student, a father and a good person. He had a clean record, his father is a deacon and his cousin, Charles Booker, is running for State Senate.
"A lot of people are going to be quick to judge, but Tyrone D. Booker was a beautiful person at heart," Tyrone's father, Tyrone Booker Sr., said on Monday.
Detectives are hopeful the arrests will help with the pain.
"The guys that are up in that unit work 24 hours a day, seven days a week trying to provide families with some closure," Burbrink said.
Terrance and Kentry Moore are being held in Louisville Metro Department of Corrections.