Family Mourns Loss of Loved One Killed in Stabbing

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

A Decatur County man is dead after being stabbed in the chest early Sunday morning (3/13).

Family and friends are mourning the death of 31-year-old Trevix Clemons, also known as Kenta Campbell, after a disagreement turned deadly.

Says a family member, "We're sad it had to happen like this -- but he will be missed."

Adding to the family's grief are the circumstances surrounding Clemons' death -- his great-aunt had been buried just hours earlier when deputies say a friend, Roderick Smith, showed up at a family gathering and fatally stabbed the victim in the chest following a disagreement.

Lawrence Sapp owns the property where the stabbing happened, but says he wasn't present when things took a turn for the worst.

Says Sapp, "Everybody's down, feeling bad about what happened because we just buried my mother ... and then my cousin just got killed."

Smith is charged with felony murder -- but family members say his arrest won't bring "Kenta" back.

Says Clemons' aunt, Pearl Campbell, "He was a really nice person, and everybody loved him."

His best friend, John Gibson reflects, "I pray for him ... that's the only thing I can do."

Now family members say his death should not be in vain, and they're using it as an example of why people need to put their differences aside and get along.

Another family friend explained, "To all the young men out there, you know, with the violence, try to come together and start loving each other, instead of hurting each other."

Clemons leaves behind a son and daughter -- children who, his family says, will carry on their father's legacy of kindness and caring.

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