"From the beginning, I was afraid he was going to be treated as the kid from the wrong side of tracks," said Bobby Ferrell, who's been working to clear his son Austin's name.
Austin was shot and killed last Tuesday evening after an argument with neighbors.
"His uncle had come out of the house and told him, 'Come on Austin,' and she kept cussing him and he was mad," Bobby said about the argument with neighbors at the home on West Grundy Lane. The neighbors who lived in the duplex with Austin and his grandmother tell media outlets they felt Austin was trying to come into their home and hurt them.
"I feel like the community is upset at how two grown people can murder a child and still walk and holler self-defense and burglary," said Austin's mother, Renee Taylor.
Austin was a student in good standing at Tullahoma High School who was set to graduate this year. His father says graduating Tullahoma was one of his son's dreams.
His parents admit, though, Austin didn't have a perfect past. They say experimenting with marijuana got him in trouble with the law. "He had put all of that behind him, and he wanted so much to graduate," Bobby said.
Now they hope the investigation will bring justice for their son.
"He did not deserve to go out like this," Taylor said. "My baby did not deserve to be murdered."
"I'm just afraid out of some technicality, because he smacked the door, that the man is going to have the right to murder my child? That's what I'm afraid of," his father said.
Austin's uncle was also shot in the incident, but he is recovering from his injuries. The Tullahoma city police say the neighbors who allegedly fired the shots have been out of town after receiving threats.
Investigators plan to bring their evidence to the district attorney's office before the end of the week.
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Monday, September 1 2014 6:04 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:04:35 GMT
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