Girlfriend of man killed: 'It's been the hardest thing to let the guy that I love go'

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RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - Josh Childers died Monday evening after police say he was run over along Evansdale Avenue on Saturday night. His girlfriend, Ashley Moncrief, says above all else he loved his family.

Police say Childers was at an apartment with his sister and her boyfriend, Jeremy Rice Saturday night. They say Rice shoved Childers' sister, and that's when he stepped in. Police say the fight spilled out into the parking lot where they say Rice got into his vehicle and ran over Childers as he was leaving. Moncrief says she and Childers had dated for the past two years. She said she'd remember him as a loving person who went out of his way to take care of her and her two children.

"He was a very big family man, especially to be so young. He was only 22, but he was very family oriented," Moncrief said.

Ashley's not surprised that police say he was stepping to protect his sister.

"His sister was his best friend as well as his mom. He loved those two more than anything," she said.

Moncrief said she was in the hospital with Childers and his family last night when he died.

"He completely completed me. He was literally my other half," said Moncrief. "And now I don't have that because somebody decided that they wanted to take that."

She said his death hasn't really hit her yet but says she draws strength from knowing he'll be with her somehow.

"The love that he had for me. That's going to help me get through every day, knowing that he's with me even right now," Moncrief said.

As of Tuesday evening, no funeral arrangements had been made yet for Childers.

"It's been the hardest thing I've ever, ever had to do," said Moncrief. "To let the guy that I love go."

Jeremy Rice is charged with assault. Police say they'll talk with prosecutors on Thursday about the possibility of upgrading that charge. Rice declined to be interviewed from the Madison County Detention Center.

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