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Derby day homicide case still unsolved 4 years later

Published: Apr. 26, 2016 at 9:44 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 26, 2016 at 10:21 PM EDT
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Churchill Downs Senior Chaplain Ken Boehm (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Churchill Downs Senior Chaplain Ken Boehm (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Churchill Downs Vice President of Racing Communications John Asher (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Churchill Downs Vice President of Racing Communications John Asher (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The homicide case of a man who was killed on the backside of Churchill Downs remains a mystery.

On May 6, 2012, hours after the Kentucky Derby, Adan Fabian Perez was found dead inside of a barn.

"Certainly our community would like to know what happened," Churchill Downs Senior Chaplain Ken Boehm said.

While folks are getting ready for Kentucky Derby 142, the Run for the Roses is not the only thing on the minds of the people who live and work on the backside. Perez's homicide case has gone cold.

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"It took everyone by surprise," Chaplain Boehm said. 

Perez was a groom for trainer Cecil Borel, the brother of jockey Calvin Borel. Perez's body was found in barn number eight. 

"When it hits close to home it resonates with everyone involved," Churchill Downs Vice President of Racing Communications John Asher said. 

Nearly 600 people live in the barn area of Churchill Downs. Perez was one of them. He came from Guatemala in search of a better life for himself and his family.

"Adan pretty well kept to himself," Chaplain Boehm said. 

His son, Wilson, still works on the backside. 

Louisville Metro police said they hope to close the case. Police said since Perez's murder happened within a transient group, they are anticipating the folks who were there four years ago will be back for Derby. Which could lead to some answers.

Adan's death has also brought out something positive. Chaplain Ken Boehm said it has helped with the language barrier and everyone keeps an eye out for one another.

"Something will happen, something will break," Chaplain Boehm said. "But, in the meantime, we'll not only reach out to Wilson, Adan's son, but to all of backside workers to say 'how can we make life better for you?'"
   
LMPD said the detective who was originally assigned to the case is still actively looking into it.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call the LMPD anonymous police tip line at (502) 574-LMPD.

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