LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The victim of a homicide in Fairdale Friday night has been identified as 45-year-old Donald Box. Box was pronounced dead at the scene after suffering multiple gunshot wounds.
Police arrested Joshua Goodman, 29, in connection to the crime. He’s charged with murder and tampering with evidence.
Investigators said Goodman showed up at Box’s home on Woodchester Way Friday night asking if Box’s father was there. When Box said no and asked him to leave, police said the two got into an argument. That’s when investigators said Goodman pulled out a gun and shot Box several times.
Neighbors said Goodman and Box knew each other and that Goodman was very good friends with Box’s father.
“I don’t know why he would do it. I mean, he refers to the guy’s dad as his brother. He calls Rick his brother, and pretty much sees them as family,” neighbor Jon Keown said.
Neighbors said Box lived alone, but had several grown children. They described him as a very friendly guy who never seemed to have problems with anybody. That’s why many of them are still so shocked about what happened.
“He was a good guy, hung out at the park, talked to everybody, and pretty much knew most of the people around the neighborhood really,” Keown said. “Just nice, he was generous and would do anything for anybody. He wouldn’t even expect a favor in return. It was just anything he could do to help somebody, he would. He was the type of person that he would see the ice cream truck and flag it down and just start giving random kids that he didn’t even know ice creams. He will be missed by a lot of people. He had a lot of friends.”
Box’s death marks the 80th homicide in Louisville this year. It’s an alarming number that’s left many in the city upset and frustrated, including police.
“One thing we can’t legislate is morality. There’s no law that can make me love you or you love me. There has to be something in the heart. That’s what we’re seeing here, people who don’t have any value for human life,” LMPD spokesperson Dwight Mitchell said.