KNOXVILLE (WATE) – 17-year-old Caleb Arwood was found shot multiple times in an alley at Western Heights Sunday morning.
Knoxville police say it happened around 4:30 a.m. Arwood was pronounced dead on the scene.
Arwood was one of four siblings, his oldest sister Destiny Sutton, 22, said he had a big heart but says he was surrounded by people who didn’t have his best interests in mind.
“People that feel like they can’t add up… they shouldn’t go looking for a lesser word, gangs. A lot of people see that lifestyle ‘Oh I have people for me. I have this, that, and the other.’ Where are your boys now? Where are your friends now? Where were you?” Sutton said.
Arwood’s mother, Stephanie Arwood, said she tried many things to keep her son from falling into the “wrong crowd” including moving the family to North Carolina and sending Arwood to a youth development center in Memphis.
“He’s made a lot of bad mistakes, every time you think he was getting better he would get around that wrong crowd.. yes he made his own choices, but monkey see monkey do. I didn’t know how to save him from himself,” said Stephanie Arwood.
Arwood’s family says they still have unanswered questions. Although Knoxville Police have detained a person of interest, the Arwood family says anyone with more information should not hesitate to come forward.
KPD violent crimes investigators continue their investigation.