Parents Of Murdered Louisville Boy Speak Out

Rosalina Cano Quinteros fears the worst about the person who killed her 4-year-old son; that it was someone the family knows.

The idea of what she called "a monster" living near her in the neighborhood around Churchill Downs has left her, and many in the
close-knit community, shaken and worried that children can no
longer play safely outside.

"There's no trust, no peace, now that a child can walk, can play," Cano, 39, said Tuesday.

The comments by Cano and the boy's father, Cesar Aguilar Quebedo, 29, were the first since Louisville police positively identified a body found in a trash bag Saturday as that of Cesar "Ivan" Aguilar-Cano.

Louisville Police Lt. Col. Tim Emington said the case is being investigated as a homicide, but investigators have named no suspects.

"My son was close to home, so it had to be someone close," Aguilar said. "It's a monster who did this. I will track this person down and kill him with my own hands. I have to find this person."

Cesar was last seen alive June 29, playing outside of the apartment where he lived near the home of the Kentucky Derby.

Neighbors told police that Cesar was a curious boy who would
sometimes run around the complex unsupervised. It wasn't uncommon
for the boy to go inside open apartment doors, they said.

Cano said her son's uninhibited behavior may have led to his death at the hands of someone familiar.

"Yes, I think so," she said, breaking down in tears.

That idea worries the Rev. Ken Boehm, the Churchill Downs chaplain. While some of the barn workers at the track stay on the grounds and inside the gate, others, like Cano Quinteros, stay in nearby apartments, where there is less security.

"We tend to take our security for granted, being back here in this environment," Boehm said.

While police have received more than 100 tips and more than 350 people showed up at Christ Chapel at Churchill Downs on Monday night for a memorial service, getting cooperation has been tough for investigators at times.

Miguel Laguanos, a family friend, said the boy's slaying and the
investigation have many fearful not only of a killer on the loose, but of the police, too. The idea of being deported may keep someone from coming forward with valuable information, Laguanos said.

"Since many people believe the police department is the immigration department, I feel that they will not get involved," Laguanos said. "This is not an issue of immigration. It's an issue of murder now."

For now, Cano and Aguilar are planning Cesar's funeral in his native Santa Rosa, Guatemala. Sister Larraine Lauter, an Ursuline nun who served as a translator for the family at a press conference Tuesday, said getting the boy to Guatemala could take weeks, and some family members must make sure they can leave and return to the United States.

"I've been involved in cases that take months," Lauter said.

Cano and Aguiar plan to return to Louisville after the funeral. Cano said she eventually wants to go back to work at Churchill Downs as a hot walker of horses, a job she quit a few days after her son disappeared. Before that, though, Cano wants to see the person that killed her son arrested and some peace return to her neighborhood.

"I've got to return to ask for justice for my child," she said.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Anonymous Location: Ky on Jul 12, 2007 at 04:24 AM
    I would also like to know why the parents wasn't watching the child. A child four years of age is too young to not be supervised while outside. The child was in danger in so many ways by not being watched. Why hasn't something been done to the parents for this neglect. Yes, I feel so sorry for the child. It shouln't of happened if the child was being watched. A four year old doesn't know how to take care of theirself when outdoors. This should tell other parents to please watch your children at all times when they are outside. God Bless the little boy !!!
  • by Just someone Location: Winchester on Jul 11, 2007 at 04:21 PM
    Tracy, do you have children? If so dont you let them out to play? You cant watch one every second. Things happen. That was awful to say the mother should be arrested. Shame on you!
  • by concerned Location: ky on Jul 11, 2007 at 07:49 AM
    My heart goes out to this little boy's parents. I can't imagine loosing my child or that fact one of my grandchildren. I would be unconsolable. I would be like the father ready to hunt down and kill the person responsible. MY heartfelt sympany goes out to the family and hope that God helps lead the law officers in a swift hunt and capture of this awful monster that killed this poor baby!
  • by Renea Location: Williamsburg on Jul 11, 2007 at 07:36 AM
    As a mother of two children, I certainly will be praying for you all. May God's peace and strength continue to see you through this hard time. Everyone pray that this person who has done this horrible deed will be found and brought to justice.
  • by J Location: Williamsburg on Jul 10, 2007 at 07:40 PM
    My heart goes out to the family. I hope they get the person or persons who did this and their punishment is as harsh as what they did to him
  • by Shirl Location: Danville on Jul 10, 2007 at 07:39 PM
    IT IS TERRIBLE THAT A CHILD CANNOT HAVE THE ENJOYMENT OF PLAYING OUTSIDE ANYMORE ...ITS SAD THAT THE WORLD HAS BECOME A PLACE WHERE THATS SO MANY TERRIBLE PEOPLE WHO PRAY UPON LITTLE CHILDREN....
  • by GAIL on Jul 10, 2007 at 07:25 PM
    IS IT TRUE THAT AN AMBER ALERT WAS NOT ISSUED? IF NOT, WHY? I WOULD BE OUTRAGED IF I WERE THE PARENTS. WE WILL NEVER KNOW IF THE OUTCOME COULD HAVE BEEN DIFFERENT! GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 10, 2007 at 06:57 PM
    The individual in this article speaks truthfully when they say ppl especially imigrant workers may not come forth in fear they may have to leave the country. Hopefully the police and show these individuals that they can be trusted and someone will be able to provide some information.
  • by tracy on Jul 10, 2007 at 06:09 PM
    I feel so bad for the little boy, but I would also like to know why the mother has not been arrested and charged with neglect?
  • by Darlene Location: KY on Jul 10, 2007 at 04:22 PM
    I am so sad to know that there is a killer of a CHILD on the loose. How can anyone hurt an innocent little one. People, Keep your children close at all times. Even when you think they are safe they are not. Guilty one, You may as well turn yourself in, they will get you sooner or later! Al que asesinó al niño pequeño, Usted es culpable, usted también lo puede girar en porque ellos finalmente le alcanzarán. ¡Espero que usted pague por matar el poco uno con su propia vida usted animal enfermo! (To the one that murdered the little child, You are guilty, you may as well turn yourself in because they will eventually catch up with you. I hope you pay for killing the little one with your own life you sick animal!)
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