LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – The year 2021 ended on a tragic note in Lexington with a murder that involved a victim who was just 14 years old. The shooting claimed the life of Larry Perez Morales just eight weeks after the death of 17-year-old Sergio Villarados. Both crimes are still unsolved.

This week, Crime Stoppers reporter Kristen Pflum met a detective near the scene on Betsy Lane to talk about the Morales case. “The victim, who was 14, was walking home from the basketball court with some friends and I believe one of his siblings,” said Det. Kristyn Klingshirn “when a car drove by firing some rounds striking the victim.”

Since then, tips to police have been as quiet as the street where the teen took his last breaths.

“We’re hoping that coming up on a year, it was still early evening, around 9 p.m. that some of the residents here that may have been reluctant at the time, who may have been outside and heard or saw something, may be willing now to reach out to Crime Stoppers knowing that it’s completely anonymous,” said Klingshirn.


Detectives think other teenagers may hold the information they need to make an arrest in this case and another murder that happened almost exactly two months before that killed Villarados just a couple of blocks away.

“If they’re not comfortable telling their parents they don’t have to or a teacher they don’t have to,” Klingshirn said. “They can get online and submit the information through Crime Stoppers and no one will ever know who they are.”

Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,500 reward in each teen’s case. The tip line is capable of handling Spanish-speaking tipsters and there is always the online option at p3tips.com. Both are 100% anonymous.