By Andres Tardio
Master P is going to cover the funeral expenses for Ray Etheridge, a 12-year-old boy who was murdered in Lousiville this week. Etheridge was homeless and living in Louisville, Kentucky, with the rest of his family when he was murdered on October 2.
The entire Etheridge family is homeless and generally spend their time at a local mall, but this past Thursday Ray wandered off on his own. The 7th grader was caught on tape hanging out at a library with another homeless man, 21-year-old Joseph Cambron, just before the incident. Around 4:30 p.m. his body was found by a runner in a local park, and later that day the police arrested Cambron for his murder.
"I don't know who this guy is,” the boy's father, Ronald Etheridge, said. "Being 21 years old and my son being 12, he had no business to even be around my son."
Homicide Unit Lt. Todd Kessinger. said the victim and Cambron knew one another and that they were involved in a fight before Cambron stabbed Etheridge.
"We were able to put some information together, they did know each other from that area for a few weeks," Kessinger said.
Cambron was recently acquitted of a sexual abuse charge involving a six-year-old girl, and he told the police that he tries to keep himself from lashing out at others.
"I’ve probably caused more damage to myself than I had anyone else," Cambron said in an interview with the police. "I don’t know. I try to bottle it up so I don’t hit someone else."
Although Master P is going to cover the funeral expenses, donations for a headstone can be made to the Ray Allen Etheridge Memorial Fund at a local PNC Bank branch.
Recently, Master P also spoke to children and their families at a Let The Kids Grow Foundation event in Louisville, Kentucky where he spoke about his upbringing, overcoming obstacles and making a difference.