It's been more than nine years since Rosie Price's youngest son, Bruce A. Price, was gunned down on Elm Street, but she never gave up hope that his killer would be caught.
"I just kept praying," Price, 72, said Tuesday night. "I knew that the Lord would come through for me."
On Tuesday, she says, her prayers were answered.
Lexington police arrested Adrian D. Richardson, 31, of Lexington, charging him with murder and tampering with physical evidence in Price's slaying. Richardson is being held at the Fayette County jail.
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Price, 32, was known among family and friends as "Allen." He was Lexington's first homicide victim of the new millennium.
Police said at the time that they had no leads in the killing.
Lexington police spokesman Lt. Douglas Pape would not say Tuesday what led police to Richardson, who has a history of drug charges dating to 1995. Pape would say only that investigators never stopped working the case.
The investigation was led by the division's Major Cold Case Unit.
Rosie Price said she had never heard of Richardson before Tuesday, when a Lexington police detective came to her home to tell her of his arrest.
"I'm really, really, really happy that they finally found somebody," she said. She added that it is justice, but not closure: "That part of you has just been plucked away."
Price said police told her they think Bruce Price was involved in a fight at a restaurant but had left and was walking down Elm Street when Richardson allegedly "came out from behind a building" and shot him.
She said police told her they think someone else also might have been involved.
As she sat in her living room with her son's high school football trophies at her side, Rosie Price said Bruce Price had a "jolly" disposition and a bright start, but drugs "ruined his life completely."
He played defense for Lafayette High School's football team, making the all-city team two years straight.
He went to Kentucky State University on a scholarship in 1985, but he dropped out a year and a half later and moved back into the family home on Ash Street.
Things went downhill from there, Rosie Price said.
Bruce Price was sentenced in December 1994 in Fayette Circuit Court to five years in prison for dealing cocaine. He spent three years at Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex in Morgan County.
A parole board let him go in September 1997, but he returned to serve out his sentence after violating parole in early 1998.
He had been released less than a year before he was gunned down.
"When he came home from the pen, he was a changed man," his mother said. "He was just moody all the time. You could just see that the drugs had just taken him, taken his life, poor thing."
Shortly after 10 p.m. Feb. 10, 2000, Price was shot in the 400 block of Elm Street. He was taken to University of Kentucky Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
He had two daughters, both of whom are now in college, Rosie Price said.
Her son's death and a number of other family tragedies have left their marks on her.
The year after Bruce Price died, her husband, Brutus Clay Price Jr., died after being found unconscious on their living room floor.
Their daughter Binta Maryam Baraka pleaded guilty to a charge of manslaughter in his death.
"She had been drinking. He told her that she had to leave and stuff. I think there was a scuffle that went on. His heart just gave out on him," Rosie Price said.
Another daughter, a nurse, died of leukemia. A grandson killed himself in the home on Ash Street.
"It certainly hasn't been easy. It's just too much death," Rosie Price said. "If it hadn't been for the Lord and me being a Christian ..."
Rosie Price said she remembers times before things went bad for Bruce, when he stayed up late into the night, regaling her with funny stories of things he and his friends had done.
She said she still talks to him sometimes.
"I've really missed him and our long talks," she said. "I'll say, 'Old boy, I wished you's here, so you could tell me some more tall tales.'
"You cannot get over it. There's no way."