Hundreds at Vigil for Slain Versailles Boy

Morgan Eads, Lexington Herald-Leader, December 7, 2015

Whether it was Christmastime or not, Heather Tipton said she often sang Silent Night to help calm the fears of her son Logan.

“My son was terrified of the dark,” she said, but at the sound of the song, “he’d go right to sleep.”

On Monday night, less than 24 hours after police say 6-year-old Logan Tipton was stabbed to death in his Versailles bedroom by an intruder, his mother led hundreds of mourners in singing Silent Night for him one last time.

The crowd gathered on the Woodford County High School football field, where Logan’s football number, 63, was emblazoned on the scoreboard. They gathered around the Tipton family to cry, pray, offer condolences and sing songs, including Logan’s favorite, Jesus Loves Me.

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The boy was stabbed multiple times in the head with a large kitchen knife during a burglary about 4 a.m. Monday, according to investigators and Woodford County Coroner Ronald Owens.

Ronald Exantus, 32, was arrested at the Douglas Avenue house and charged with murder and first-degree burglary, police said. {snip}

Ronald Exantus

Ronald Exantus

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The 6-year-old offensive lineman for the Yellowjackets was remembered Monday as an exceptionally happy kid who “never knew a stranger” and was quick to say “I love you.”

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The 2015 season was Logan’s first in the league, Barnhardt said. Logan was set to receive the league’s Offensive Lineman award at a year-end banquet this weekend.

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