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Russellville Man Murdered --Mikayla Lewis

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LOGAN COUNTY, Kentucky--Russellville Police are investigating a man found murdered inside his house.  Brad Rigney died from blunt force trauma to the head according to police at  542 Rhea Blvd in Russellville. 

Rigney's murder is the first in nearly twelve years in the small Kentucky town. The 36-year-old was independent and living on his own with his dog, Butch. Rigney also worked at Adairville Elementary School, and was deaf.

Many neighbors were shocked when they heard that someone killed Brad Rigney inside his home. Rigney's family saw him earlier on Friday, and did not hear from him. His older brother and sister-in-law went to check on Rigney Saturday afternoon, and found his body.

Neighbor, Ed Bush said, "It's just one of those things that you think happens everywhere else and never happens here."

Some neighbors say they saw Brad Rigney's truck parked in his driveway Saturday morning like normal, but they also saw an unfamiliar vehicle parked in front of his house.

Russellville Police responded to the home around 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Fox 17 employee, Brian Sullivan was a friend of Rigney's and received a Christmas card from him just two days ago. Sullivan like many close to Rigney, wants answers.

Brian Sullivan said, " I can't imagine anybody wanting to hurt him. I mean he was such a sweet spirit. The world lost a beautiful person."

Nora Lacayo said, " We are going to miss him very much, because he was a very kind person and we need more people like that to live longer." 

Lacayo is a close family friend, lives on the same street as Rigney and taught at the same school that he was a custodian at.

Lacayo added, " I used to write notes to ask him something. He kept that school very clean and he always had that big smile on face. The family is devastated."

Russellville resident, John Upton said, " I hope they can find some peace. It's hard when you have someone taken by another hand, and there's no explanation for it. I feel sorry for them. "

Many residents are sending condolences, while others are holding onto hope.

Lacayo explained, "That these people be found and the law can make their justice for the good of his family, and the neighbors and the city of Russellville."

Police say the Madisonville Medical Examiner's office performed the autopsy today. The homicide investigation is open and continuing at this time.

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