Johnny Masters

Burlington, KY

#1 Jan 22, 2010
My Uncle Tony died in a car crash, and the family rarely speaks about him. It was like not only did his body quit living, but so did Tony's legacy. There's also the Jerry Sample case which leaves some questions unanswered, and there are some on the police force that didn't like Jason.

Dialogue is important right now. Not only to find out what actually happened, but also to keep Jason Smith's legacy alive, especially for Jason's son, Landon.

The officers on the scene, Donnie Gould, Brent McDonald, Tommy Dunn, Nelson Brown, a Kentucky State Police officer and a detective, will do what they can to find out the truth about what happened. That being said, if something happened to anybody in my family, I'd want to do my own investigative work, my own detective work, taking pictures, asking questions, and sort through the evidence to find out what actually happened, for myself. But all of the family members were prevented from going into the crime scene, which I kind of understand, but even then, it would take a lot for me to not get more involved.

Jason's family wanted to see the crime scene, but were prevented from doing so, and that drew out some powerful emotions. It was absolutely heart-breaking.

There's two general theories about what happened. One theory is that Jason slept out in woods, and froze to death. This I find hard to believe since Jason wasn't wearing a jacket and several folks said that Jason knew that he could have stayed with them.

The other theory is foul play.

Jason Smith, in his young twenties (23?), was found in the woods behind the Warsaw Apartments, back by the corner of Smith Avenue and Center Avenue. He had been missing for several weeks, since January 5, said one report.

Jason told me about his bouts with Cancer. He also told me that he was shot in Dry Ridge.

Jason also was the first person that told me about the dubbed term “Ghetto Creek”, a euphemism for Meadow Creek Townhomes. He also referred to the Fire Department as the miniature Police Department.

Jason Smith was funny. He liked jokes. He was hilarious. In one of the few instances when I got the chance to speak with Jason, we rattled off like a million jokes, just back-to-back, one after another. He knew a bunch of them. I liked Jason Smith. It seemed like he had it rough, but he kept saying he wanted to do things right by his boy, Landon. Jason Smith loved Landon with every ounce in his body. Jason would frequently brag about Landon, and he could just tell by the way Jason was speaking, how his eyes would light up whenever he mentioned his boy's name.

And Landon loved his father back. Only being 2 years old, Landon would brag to visitors “That's my Daddy” when he'd point to pictures of Jason. And Landon always asked,“When's Daddy coming home?”

There were several network television stations at the scene (19, 9, and 12), and the local police said that they were preparing a statement for the media, so more information should be coming shortly.

Since: Jan 10

Gallatin County

#2 Jan 22, 2010
Thanks for the info. Keep us updated.

Since: Jan 10

Burlington, KY

#3 Jan 22, 2010
Here's a link to 12, but there's nothing much posted on it. I'll keeping updating, but if others could post stuff, I'd appreciate it.

http://www.local12.com/content/breaking_news/...
Vietnam

Florence, KY

#4 May 19, 2010
Nicely written. A bit exaggerated, but nicely done anyways.
By Any Means Necessary

Louisville, KY

#5 Oct 26, 2010
That's illuminating. Thanks for this report. I'm sure Jason would have appreciated this.
FOREVER IN MY HEART

Waterloo, Canada

#6 Oct 27, 2010
Johnny Masters wrote:
My Uncle Tony died in a car crash, and the family rarely speaks about him. It was like not only did his body quit living, but so did Tony's legacy. There's also the Jerry Sample case which leaves some questions unanswered, and there are some on the police force that didn't like Jason.
Dialogue is important right now. Not only to find out what actually happened, but also to keep Jason Smith's legacy alive, especially for Jason's son, Landon.
The officers on the scene, Donnie Gould, Brent McDonald, Tommy Dunn, Nelson Brown, a Kentucky State Police officer and a detective, will do what they can to find out the truth about what happened. That being said, if something happened to anybody in my family, I'd want to do my own investigative work, my own detective work, taking pictures, asking questions, and sort through the evidence to find out what actually happened, for myself. But all of the family members were prevented from going into the crime scene, which I kind of understand, but even then, it would take a lot for me to not get more involved.
Jason's family wanted to see the crime scene, but were prevented from doing so, and that drew out some powerful emotions. It was absolutely heart-breaking.
There's two general theories about what happened. One theory is that Jason slept out in woods, and froze to death. This I find hard to believe since Jason wasn't wearing a jacket and several folks said that Jason knew that he could have stayed with them.
The other theory is foul play.
Jason Smith, in his young twenties (23?), was found in the woods behind the Warsaw Apartments, back by the corner of Smith Avenue and Center Avenue. He had been missing for several weeks, since January 5, said one report.
Jason told me about his bouts with Cancer. He also told me that he was shot in Dry Ridge.
Jason also was the first person that told me about the dubbed term “Ghetto Creek”, a euphemism for Meadow Creek Townhomes. He also referred to the Fire Department as the miniature Police Department.
Jason Smith was funny. He liked jokes. He was hilarious. In one of the few instances when I got the chance to speak with Jason, we rattled off like a million jokes, just back-to-back, one after another. He knew a bunch of them. I liked Jason Smith. It seemed like he had it rough, but he kept saying he wanted to do things right by his boy, Landon. Jason Smith loved Landon with every ounce in his body. Jason would frequently brag about Landon, and he could just tell by the way Jason was speaking, how his eyes would light up whenever he mentioned his boy's name.
And Landon loved his father back. Only being 2 years old, Landon would brag to visitors “That's my Daddy” when he'd point to pictures of Jason. And Landon always asked,“When's Daddy coming home?”
There were several network television stations at the scene (19, 9, and 12), and the local police said that they were preparing a statement for the media, so more information should be coming shortly.
I hve never really looked at Topix until recently, but Johnny that truly was a very beautifully written tribute to Jason... RIP Cuz Cat we miss you dearly and love you very much...
Johnny Masters

Louisville, KY

#7 Oct 28, 2010
Sure. Thanks for noticing.
sis

Hanson, KY

#8 Jan 2, 2011
well, it's been a year since he left us. i miss him everyday of my life. RIP bubba
Johnny Masters

New Orleans, LA

#9 Jan 3, 2011
Peanut pushed for closure on this too... so easy for the living to forget that the dead had once lived, and had dreams, and wanted a better life.
Johnny Masters

Louisville, KY

#10 Jan 7, 2011
I'm curious... what did the autopsy turn up?
sis

Hanson, KY

#11 Jan 8, 2011
yeh, i'm curious too. my mom wont tell me everything. i think she's trying to protect me. i think he was hangin with the wrong crowd!! that will get ya every time.
Johnny Masters

Louisville, KY

#12 Jan 9, 2011
Interesting.

I'm sorry for your loss.

RIP Jason Smith

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