Son of groom killed at Churchill Downs continues to search for answers

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by Karma Dickerson

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 28, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Updated Monday, May 28 at 6:57 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Nearly a month after the Derby weekend homicide at Churchill Downs police are out of leads and the victim’s son is looking for answers.

Wilson Fabian-Perez still goes about his work as a groom, but for him the backside feels very different since someone killed his father.  He was finally able to raise the money to his father's body back to Guatemala.  But nearly a month later, he's no closer to finding out what happened.

All he knows is what we know, within hours of the Derby, the mood on the backside turned from revelry, to horror, to mourning when 48 year-old groom Adan Fabian-Perez was found in a barn.

The backside at Churchill Downs is like a small city with about 600 people living and working there.  That close knit feeling makes Wilson wonder is he's walking by his father's killer everyday.

"I walk around here and wonder what if there person who did this is looking at me?," he says.

Churchill Downs does not want to speak on camera about the death, but they say they believe it's an isolated incident, and therefore have not changed security procedures in the backside.

Despite all that’s happened, Wilson agrees that the backside is not dangerous. His main concern is justice for his father. 

LMPD says they have no suspects in the groom's death, and no new information about what might have led up to it. They've asked us not to report the cause of death so as not to compromise the investigation.  But they and Wilson had the same message for anyone who knows what happened.

“Speak up, don't be afraid speak up”.
 

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