Memorial to Lexington murder victim to be taken down

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Friends of Lexington’s first murder victim of the year want to keep his memory alive, but feel they are being forced to take down his memorial.

Police say 38-year-old Robert Cowan, Junior was shot and killed outside the King Cobra Motorcycle Club in January.

A memorial was started on Ohio Street, where friends say Cowan would always hang out, but the city says it has gotten several complaints about it.

Police say they asked if several glass bottles that make up part of the display could be cleaned up, saying they could be dangerous, or if the memorial moved onto a friend’s property just across the street.

Officers say a neighborhood Earth Day clean-up is planned for Saturday morning and, if nothing changes, the memorial would be taken down then.

Cowan’s girlfriend, Aurelia Emerson says, “Nobody said do this, like, everybody come do this.  People just started doing it as as a way to show respect and to show how much they loved him, and to take that away is just… it’s heartbreaking, it’s heartbreaking.”

The family says they plan to take pictures with the memorial on Friday, and then take down all the items before the clean-up.

Meanwhile, no arrests have been made in Cowan’s murder.

Police say the case remains under investigation.

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