News and Tribune

March 7, 2013

Jeffersonville family remains in mourning

Weekend ceremony planned for Christopher Malone

By GARY POPP
gary.popp@newsandtribune.com

JEFFERSONVILLE — A Jeffersonville family remains in anguish over the tragic killing of one its own.

Christopher Malone, 22, was discovered dead in a Dumpster in Louisville the morning of Friday, March 1. His body was found with 14 gunshot wounds.

Malone was a former Jeffersonville High School student who later earned his GED, said MaryAnn Malone-Lee, Malone’s older sister. He lived on Webster Boulevard, according to a Jefferson County, Ky., coroner.

Louisville Metro Police Department officers responded about 10 a.m. Friday to a report of a body found. The call was made by an employee of a business on a property located in the 4200 block of Almond Avenue. The investigation is ongoing, LMPD reported.

“We are torn,” Malone-Lee said of her family. “Some people mourn, but our hearts are broken.”

She said it is difficult for the family to cope with not only losing their son, brother and uncle, but the way in which his killers disposed of his body makes his death almost inconceivable.

“He was riddled with bullets, and they threw him in a Dumpster,” Malone-Lee said. “It was overkill and disrespectful — that’s what is really bothering us.”

She said her brother was always willing to help those around him.

“Christopher was a very loving person,” Malone-Lee said. “He did anything for anybody.”

She said Malone touched so many people’s lives that there has been a steady stream of visitors to their home and constant phone calls from people giving their condolences.

“He was a good kid, very family oriented,” Malone-Lee said.

She said Malone was involved in the lives of his nieces and nephews.

“He would do just about anything for them,” Malone-Lee said. “That is just the type of person he was.”

Malone-Lee said the last time Malone was seen by the family was about a day and a half before his body was found.

“He was home around 8 p.m. Thursday, and he said he would be back,” she said. 

But, Malone never returned.

She said it was not unusual for him to go to Louisville, where he had family and friends, but he typically stayed in Jeffersonville.

“I don’t think he was involved with the wrong people,” his sister said. “He was not a troubled child.”

She said he was a friend to all he met, and thinks it’s possible his willingness to trust people may have played a role in his unfortunate death.

Malone-Lee said she is satisfied with the work of LMPD detectives since her brother’s death.

“I think they are giving this very good attention,” she said. “I think it’s high on their list.”

She said the family is hoping someone will step forward to help police locate Malone’s killer and provide some justice to his loved ones.

“There is somebody out there that is a monster,” Malone-Lee said. “The quicker we get these people off the street, the better we are.”

She said Malone had attended Ivy Tech in Indianapolis and Vincennes University since receiving his GED.

A ceremony will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday near where Malone’s body was found at the intersection of Almond and Woodlawn avenues in Louisville. The event is open to the public.