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Slain 6-year-old's Versailles funeral moved to football stadium

Vigil For Logan Tipton

Mourners gathered in Versailles to remember 6-year-old Logan Tipton, who was stabbed by an intruder who attacked the boy in his bedroom.
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Mourners gathered in Versailles to remember 6-year-old Logan Tipton, who was stabbed by an intruder who attacked the boy in his bedroom.

The Friday funeral of a Versailles 6-year-old who was killed while he slept in his family’s home early has been moved to the Woodford County football stadium at Falling Springs.

The visitation for Logan James Dean Tipton will be held from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Clark Funeral Home on Rose Hill Avenue in Versailles. The funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday at the football field. It was previously scheduled for Woodford Community Christian Church.

Logan was a student at Simmons Elementary and an offensive lineman for the Woodford County Yellowjackets. He is survived by his parents George Dean Tipton and Heather Pujol Tipton; sisters Koral, Lilliya and Dakota; and brother Aiden.

Ronald Exantus, 32, of Indianapolis has been charged with murder and first-degree burglary. He’s accused of entering the home and stabbing Logan multiple times with a large kitchen knife, according to investigators and Woodford County Coroner Ronald Owens. A couple of Logan’s siblings received cuts and scratches that didn’t require hospitalization during the Monday morning attack, according to Versailles police Lt. Michael Fortney.

Logan’s father fought and subdued Exantus until officers arrived, police said. Exantus’ attorney Bridget Holfer said she didn’t think Exantus was mentally competent and he may have schizophrenia. Police said Tuesday they did not why Exantus targeted the child or his house.

Some of the community’s 9,000 residents found it hard to sleep soundly the night after Logan’s death.

On a Facebook community group of nearly 4,000 members, dozens of Versailles residents reported checking on their children multiple times, tossing and turning through the night and feeling unsafe.

As a mother of three, Versailles Councilwoman Ann Miller said she understands why some in the community are feeling unsafe.

“People are scared because they are heartbroken,” Miller said, adding that answering questions surrounding Tipton’s homicide, such as how Exantus ended up nearly 200 miles south, would help to dispel some of resident’s anxieties.

“Sometimes the ‘not knowing’ is the scariest part,” she said.

She said events, such as a vigil Monday night, gave people the opportunity to share their feelings.

“Right now what we need to focus on is healing,” she said.

Family friend Laura Burton Lacy, set up a GoFundMe fundraising page for the family after Logan’s death. As of Tuesday night, the page has raised more than $34,000.

Exantus, who is being held on a $1 million bond, is expected to appear again in court Monday.

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