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Father of Clarksville shooting suspects speaks out

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CLARKSVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A makeshift memorial has been erected for the teen killed in Clarksville last Friday. Flowers cover the spot on Needmore Drive where Adam Marquez, 19, was shot during an argument.

Clinton Hunter, Jr. planted a cross in the ground, then said a prayer for the Marquez family.

"I'm sorry for their pain and their misery, and I can just imagine what they're going through," Hunter said. "I feel for them."

Hunter said he feels this way even though his own sons are accused of killing Marquez.

"It turned from a fist fight to a young man losing his life," Hunter said. "Cut down in the prime of his life."

Clarksville Police arrested Josh Aretz, 20, and Clinton Hunter III, 18, in connection to Marquez's death. Clinton Hunter, Jr., said his son 17-year-old was also arrested. All three suspects were charged with criminal homicide.

But Clinton Hunter, Jr., said he believes his boys did not kill Marquez.

"I'm sorry this happened," he said. "But everyone is coming after the wrong ones in this when they ought to be on the one who pulled the trigger."

The father said the brothers never had access to a gun. He claimed the pair ran to the house on Friday and told him someone else had shot Marquez. The argument initially stemmed over a girl, according to Clinton Hunter, Jr. He admitted his sons left the house on Friday to "fist fight" Marquez.

Clarksville Police would not comment further on the investigation, but a spokesperson said police can charge someone with homicide even though he/she did not pull a trigger.

Aretz and Clinton Hunter III are being held in the Montgomery County Jail. They are expected to appear in court this week. The 17-year-old is being held in a juvenile facility in Columbia.

Clinton Hunter, Jr., said his sons have previously been in trouble, but they had dreams of enlisting in the military.

Attempts to reach Aretz and his family were unsuccessful Monday afternoon.

A fund has been set up to pay for Marquez's funeral expenses. Family members are trying to raise money to send Marquez and his relatives back to Brooklyn for his funeral, according to a Go Fund Me page.

To donate, click here.

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