A new playground has been launched at the South Louisville Community Center in memory of Cezar Ivan Cano, the four-year-old who was murdered in the summer of 2005. Today would have been the child’s seventh birthday.
Cano was just a few days short of his fifth birthday when he disappeared from his Churchill Downs-area neighborhood and was found days later in the back of a garbage truck.
A man who lived near the child has been charged with his murder.
The first phase of a park in Cano’s honor was unveiled Friday. Community activist Christopher 2X also unveiled awareness pins with Cano’s likeness, saying it’s a reminder to fight crimes against children.
“You can say to yourself, ‘I don’t necessarily need a blueprint on how to talk about child safety. I just have to be conscious of it, and be about action with the children’,” says 2X.
A climbing wall and rocking horses are also planned for the playground, but planners are still raising private money for the $15,000 park.