Louisville parents finally getting chance at justice after 14-year-old son was shot, killed while on vacation

It ended up becoming a family vacation he would never return from.14-year-old Lucas Likes, and his brother, were hanging by the beach near a resort in Panama City Beach Florida. According to the boys’ parents, Amy and Shawn Salmon, they were approached by a 37-year-old man named Christopher Cox who asked for a cigarette. The boys had never seen him before. They then grabbed a backpack they thought was theirs on the way back to the room.It turned out to be a fatal mistake, as the bag belonged to Cox, who claims at first glance he thought they were stealing it. According to police, Cox became enraged and his immediate response was to pull out a gun and fire. Lucas stepped in front to save his brother.Since then Lucas’s family has held balloon releases and vigils to remember his heroic effort. Last September, the family even returned to the shores of Panama City Beach to let off fireworks on Lucas’s 15th birthday. Things they believed helped them put Lucas to rest. Even with all of that, Amy Salmon said there’s just one thing that’s been missing — a guilty verdict.”I’ll help give us a bit of closure,” she said. “We just want to be assured that he’s not going to do it to somebody else’s kid. That he’s not going to get out, and just be walking the streets.”Cox was first in court the day after the shooting, March 24, 2021 , where he was read his charges of murder and attempted murder. He pleaded not guilty.Since then he’s been in court eight more times, but still no trial.”It’s not just justice for Lucas, it’s justice for Jacob as well,” said Shawn Salmon. “I mean he was right there with him, he’s alive, but he saw the whole thing, he was shot too. I can’t even imagine what he’s going through, but I mean we all have pain.”However, that pain may get a little relief.This week the family’s wish was granted, as a murder trial has been set for this July. Cox will have to answer to the charges of murder and attempted murder against him.”It’s what we’ve been wanting, a step closer to getting justice,” said Amy Salmon. “To finally see something be done after all this time. Nothing is going to make it right, but to be able to move forward with this process of getting justice, it’s a good thing.”The Salmon’s plan to be there, in person, every day of trial to see this last step through.”Do I look forward to seeing him face to face? No,” said Amy Salmon. “But, I look forward to getting past this.”The trial has been set for July 11.

It ended up becoming a family vacation he would never return from.

14-year-old Lucas Likes, and his brother, were hanging by the beach near a resort in Panama City Beach Florida. According to the boys’ parents, Amy and Shawn Salmon, they were approached by a 37-year-old man named Christopher Cox who asked for a cigarette.

The boys had never seen him before. They then grabbed a backpack they thought was theirs on the way back to the room.

It turned out to be a fatal mistake, as the bag belonged to Cox, who claims at first glance he thought they were stealing it.

According to police, Cox became enraged and his immediate response was to pull out a gun and fire. Lucas stepped in front to save his brother.

Since then Lucas’s family has held balloon releases and vigils to remember his heroic effort. Last September, the family even returned to the shores of Panama City Beach to let off fireworks on Lucas’s 15th birthday. Things they believed helped them put Lucas to rest.

Even with all of that, Amy Salmon said there’s just one thing that’s been missing — a guilty verdict.

“I’ll help give us a bit of closure,” she said. “We just want to be assured that he’s not going to do it to somebody else’s kid. That he’s not going to get out, and just be walking the streets.”

Cox was first in court the day after the shooting, March 24, 2021, where he was read his charges of murder and attempted murder. He pleaded not guilty.

Since then he’s been in court eight more times, but still no trial.

“It’s not just justice for Lucas, it’s justice for Jacob as well,” Shawn Salmon said. “I mean he was right there with him, he’s alive, but he saw the whole thing, he was shot too. I can’t even imagine what he’s going through, but I mean we all have pain.”

However, that pain may get a little relief.

This week the family’s wish was granted, as a murder trial has been set for this July.

Cox will have to answer to the charges of murder and attempted murder against him.

“It’s what we’ve been wanting, a step closer to getting justice,” said Amy Salmon. “To finally see something be done after all this time. Nothing is going to make it right, but to be able to move forward with this process of getting justice, it’s a good thing.”

The Salmon’s plan to be there, in person, every day of trial to see this last step through.

“Do I look forward to seeing him face to face? No,” said Amy Salmon. “But, I look forward to getting past this.”

The trial has been set for July 11.

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