Family seeks answers in deadly shooting of grandfather outside his Antioch home

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ANTIOCH, Tenn. (WKRN) – No arrests have been made in the deadly shooting of a grandfather outside his Antioch home. 

The family of 78-year-old Larry Claybaker spoke to News 2, about seeking justice and forgiveness. 

“If he would’ve lived, he would’ve forgiven the man that did it …or whoever did it,” said Laura Harris, Claybaker’s granddaughter. 

On May 26, police said residents in the area told detectives they heard what sounded like gunshots between midnight and 1 a.m. A neighbor called the police just before 9 a.m. after finding Claybaker lying next to his car. 

“To shoot a 78-year-old man and leave him laying there for hours, its heartbreaking,” said Harris

Metro police said detectives are considering robbery as the possible motive. A small blue hatchback, possibly a Toyota, was seen driving away. 

On Friday, Harris began passing out flyers – asking the public to come forward with any information, 

“No matter if you hear anything, see anything …word on the street, please call in.” 

Harris said Claybaker was a former mechanic who often did work for free. She added that he also helped those struggling with addiction. 

She said she wants to share her grandfather’s legacy, with his killer, 

“No matter what, we want justice – but we also want you [the shooter] to be able to change your life around and better yourself. Just because you did something like this doesn’t mean you’re forever going to be a bad person.” 

Anyone with information is urged to call our partners at Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463. 

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