Just hours after being checked out of school by his mother, 12-year-old Ray Etheridge was found stabbed to death in a wooded area. Police say Joseph Cambron did it, according to the Jefferson News and Tribune.
Here’s what we know so far:
1. He’s Charged With Murder & Tampering With Evidence
Cambron, 21, is charged with murder and tampering with evidence. The victim, Etheridge, was a seventh-grader at Clark County Middle/High School in Louisville, Kentucky. After being taken out of school by his mother at around 1 p.m., the 12-year-old was found dead with a stab wound in Cherokee Park, Louisville at 4:38 p.m.
2. Cambron Knew Etheridge’s Mother
According to police, Cambron was a friend of Etheridge’s mother. The boy had been with his mother and other family members at a mall close to where he was found dead.
3. He Was Accused of Sexually Assaulting a 6-Year-Old in August
Cambron has a criminal past, police told the media. In August 2014, he went to trial on charges of “having sexual contact” with a 6-year-old, according to WAVE reporter Katie Bauer.
4. He Used to Work for the Geek Squad
According to his Facebook page, Cambron works as a Dish/Cook at Ditto’s Bar and Grill. He adds that he previously worked for the Geek Squad and he studied at the University of Louisville.
5. Ray Etheridge Went to a Special Needs School
Police have not released a picture of Ray Allen Etheridge because his mother did not have a current picture of him.— Chelsea Rabideau (@WHAS11Chelsea) October 1, 2014
Ray Etheridge attended the Clark County school which provides an environment for students who can’t settle in regular schools. According to the Indy Star:
He first attended Parkwood Elementary as a fifth-grader, then moved to River Valley Middle School as a sixth-grader before transitioning late last school year to Clark County Middle/High, an alternative school for students who struggle in traditional school environments.