Catera Trace shooting that left Lexington child blind, still unsolved

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A Lexington family’s lives changed forever the night of December 21, 2020.

That’s when nearly two dozen bullets pierced Cacy Roberts’ home on Catera Trace in Lexington. The single mom of two boys was laying in bed with 5-year old Kai and 3-year old Kam when one of those bullets went through Kai’s head and lodged in Cacy’s arm.

The damage from the bullet to Kai’s optical nerves left the now 6-year old permanently blind. Kai celebrated his birthday last week with presents he couldn’t see and a Hulk cake he couldn’t taste.

Kai survived the shooting, but life is vastly different now. He’s afraid of the dark, needs help doing basic things he’s always been able to do himself and needs constant reassurance of his mother’s presence.

The unsolved crime took things from the Roberts’ they may never get back. But they’ve gained steadfast support from a complete stranger. Det. Cal Mattox didn’t know the Roberts prior to the December shooting, but Kai’s story tugged at his heart. He reached out to mom Cacy on Facebook. Not as a detective with the police department, but rather asking what he could do as a friend.

Det. Mattox realized it will take a village to allow this family to feel some sort of normalcy again. Medical bills are mounting, Malakai is adjusting to a brand new life without his sight and Ms. Roberts isn’t able to work as Kai requires constant care.

That’s why Det. Mattox is hoping the community throws their financial support behind a GoFundMe page he started.

Meanwhile, Lexington Police and Crime Stoppers need your help with information in the case. If you know anything about the crime on Catera Trace, you can anonymously submit a tip to Crime Stoppers via the website or by calling 859-253-2020. Your information cannot be traced by police and you may receive a cash reward if your information leads to an arrest.

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