Family has questions 5 years after Portland man's death

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by Alex Schuman

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 26, 2014 at 10:14 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 27 at 12:52 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Family and friends remembered William Waggener Sunday afternoon by holding a vigil five years after his death.  They set up a memorial on the corner of Main Street and 28th near where he was shot after police say he broke into a home back in 2009.
 
“Most people at this as a bad day, but I look at this as a good day,” said Stephen Waggener, William’s son, about the vigil.  “It’s a time when family gets together and talks about all the good times that they had.”

Waggener was twelve when police searched for bullet casings in the snow near where his dad died.  A judge convicted Gary Lindsey for shooting William Waggener in the back of the head in self-defense.  Lindsey turned himself in February of 2009 for shooting Waggener. 

Stephen, along with many other friends and family, do not believe Waggener would break into the house.

“It just seems like there was more to the story than what was told,” Stephen Waggener said.  “Cause it doesn’t sound like something he’d do.”

Family asks police to consider re-opening the case.  But even if they do not, Stephen will continue going to college and honoring his Dad’s wishes.

“I’m gonna do what he wanted and become successful in life,” he said.  “And if I ever have a child of my own I’m gonna treat him good cause that’s what my father did to me.”

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