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Family of murdered Fort Campbell soldier plea for information

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CLARKSVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A Fort Campbell soldier's family thought they could stop worrying when he returned home from the battlefield. Instead, someone shot 22-year-old Taylor Hotzoglou in Clarksville and left him in a car on the side of the road.

"I just want to know why," said Taylor's brother, Greg Hotzoglou. "What did Taylor do to anybody to deserve this? He's my baby brother. I mean, I'm never going to get him back, and I'm not going to be able to come to terms with that."

On Victory Road in Clarksville is a small display of a teddy bear with a camouflage ribbon surrounded by hand-written messages from the Hotzoglou family including, "close to my heart always" and "I will always love you brother. Justice will be served." This is the spot where Taylor Hotzoglou was found in his car last weekend, shot to death.

"This person or persons, whoever's responsible for taking my son's life, needs to be held accountable," said Taylor's mother, Debbie Hotzoglou. "Help us. I want justice for my son."

According to police, Taylor Hotzoglou was last seen giving a ride to two unknown men at his Fort Campbell Boulevard apartment complex, The Residences. Police said there are no definite indications what led to the murder.

"I don't know," said Greg Hotzoglou. "I wasn't there. I wish I was there. I wish I could've taken his place, but I have no idea. I'll never know. I wouldn't be surprised if he did them his last favor."

As they wait for answers, the Hotzoglou family said they just want Taylor to be remembered as a brave, giving young man who spent a year and a half serving his country in Afghanistan.

"To be killed on American soil is just awful," Debbie Hotzoglou said. "The whole situation is just heart wrenching. We're all still in shock. It's devastating."

Clarksville police are looking for information from anyone who may have seen Taylor Hotzoglou's 2009 dark gray Subaru Impreza in the late evening on April 28 or early morning April 29.

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