Man found dead in truck in Lexington was not murdered, coroner says

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Lexington police are trying to figure out how a man died inside a truck late Tuesday afternoon.

Barry Slaven. From Facebook

Wednesday morning, the Fayette County Coroner's Office said what they initially thought was a gunshot wound was actually a ruptured cyst. A spokesperson said Barry Slaven's death was not a homicide.

His heart-broken family and friends say they are struggling to understand why the 33 year old is dead.

Through tears, his girlfriend told WKYT that he was a veteran and a father of two young children.

"Why? That's all I care about. Why?” asked Gayle Boyd, Slaven’s girlfriend.

She says she is wrestling with grief, searching for answers.

She is trying to figure out how she will raise their nine month old son and two year old daughter alone.

Slaven was a hero in her eyes. He was a sergeant in the military. He served four years and was stationed in the Middle East and Europe.

After Slaven came home, he started a moving company in the Bluegrass.

He was found dead in one of his moving trucks off Alexandria Drive in Lexington on Tuesday.

"I last spoke with him at 11 o'clock Sunday night. No one had heard from him since Sunday,” recalled Boyd.

She says he left to pick someone up to help him with a move, but she doesn’t think he made it there.

"I just wish his girlfriend and kids were okay. There is a void there. It doesn't fix in time,” said friend Nick Risden.

The coroner still doesn't know how Slaven died. Police say they will continue investigating until a cause of death is determined.

A GoFundMe page for Slaven’s funeral expenses raised $5,000 by noon on Wednesday.

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