What kind of name is Christopher 2X? And where are the places named after ex-sex offenders murdered by vigilantes? Like I've said before, name a law after some child, and no matter what is in the bill, it will pass. I bet Hitler would be jealous.
By Joseph Gerth
Rosalina Cano released a clutch of nine balloons and listened as those around her sang happy birthday to her son, Cesar “Ivan” Aguilar-Cano, who would have turned nine yesterday had he never crossed paths with [name withheld].
Children climbed on a new set of monkey bars behind her, in a small playground dedicated to Ivan's memory.
The sadness was inescapable at the playground's dedication Sunday behind the South Louisville Community Center, but it was also a chance to recall how a missing five-year old boy brought the community together and touched so many lives.
“It's going to be a reminder of what happened … but also know the playground is going to generate a lot of smiles and that too will be part of Cesar's legacy,” said John Asher, a spokesman for Churchill Downs, where Ivan's family members worked and where he sometimes played.
It will be called the “Fight Crimes Against Children Playground” and will have a plaque honoring Ivan, said Christopher 2X, a community activist who works with the families of people who are murdered.
- Mr. 2X is an ex-felon himself, see here.
Ivan was abducted on June 29, 2007, while playing with trucks outside his mother's home in the neighborhood surrounding the racetrack. After an eight-day search, his body was found in a garbage can where [name withheld] had stashed it.
[name withheld] would later plead guilty to giving the boy alcohol, sexually abusing him and then killing him.
Rosalina Cano said through an interpreter that “she feels a little bit happy” because of the playground dedication. “If he was with life, she'd be the happiest mom in the world,” said Daisy Davila, who interpreted for her.
Sunday's event brought together the police officer who led the search for Ivan and his killer, the lead prosecutor who was days away from trying [name withheld] when he changed his plea to guilty, people from the community and others in Louisville who have suffered through the death of a child.
Kim Vanderhaar, whose son, Camden McCroskey, was killed in a grocery store on the Outer Loop in 2009, helped organize and spoke at the event. She called [name withheld] a “monster” and told Rosalina Cano she understands the pain she has gone through.
“I know the size of the hole in your heart,” she said.
Lt. Barry Wilkerson, commander of the Louisville Metro Police homicide unit, talked about the investigation and how people pulled together to help the police investigation and Ivan's family.
“If it wasn't for the community pulling together, this case would have been very difficult to solve,” Wilkerson said.
Jon Heck, a former assistant commonwealth's attorney who prosecuted [name withheld], urged the 70 or so people who attended the event to get involved and report to child protective services if they believe a child is being neglected or abused.
2X said the idea behind Sunday's event was singular in its nature. “Our program is a simple program,” he told the room. “It's about Cesar.”
- Is it really? For some reason, I doubt it.