‘I’m so betrayed’: Hermitage father remembers son allegedly killed by mother, half brother

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NASHVILLE, Tenn (WKRN) — Monday night was an emotional for the neighbors of Topeka Drive in Hermitage.

The neighborhood came together to honor a 14-year-old boy that Metro police said was killed by two members of his own family.

Rebecca Greenwood, 52, and David Matheny, 33, were arrested and booked into the Metro jail Saturday morning on charges of criminal homicide. Metro police said Greenwood called 911 just before noon Friday to report finding her 14-year-old son Sayeed Neilson deceased at their residence on Topeka Drive.

‘That little boy didn’t bother anyone,’ neighbors remember 14-year old allegedly killed by mom, brother

Sayeed Neilson (Submitted by family)

Sayeed’s father, Don Neilson, says David Matheny is Sayeed’s half brother.

“David called me and he was putting on an academy award-winning act by the way,” said Neilson. “About noon is when I got that frantic call telling me that he was dead. And I was like I trusted you. I trusted you. You told me he was fine. I was just so angry. Oh my god, I was so angry I was so mad. I didn’t know what to do.”

At that time Neilson thought Sayeed had died after falling and hitting his head in the shower on Thursday night. That’s what Matheny and Greenwood originally told him and the police.

But as the investigation unfolded, he listened as his wife confessed to watching her older son beat and stomp Sayeed in the head.

Sayeed Neilson vigil
(Photo: WKRN)

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“I’m so betrayed. I was good to David Matheny. I was good to that man. I treated him like one of my own kids,” said Neilson.

Neilson said Matheny had a history of violence and rage and had a “legitimate hatred for this mother.” It’s that anger that may have led to Sayeed’s death.

“He didn’t deserve this. He didn’t deserve this,” Neilson said. “He was just my precious baby boy. I would give anything to have him back. Anything. It’s like a piece of me is gone.”

Sayeed’s funeral will be held Tuesday at a Nashville Islamic Center.

Greenwood and Matheny remain in Metro jail without bond. They are expected in court on Tuesday afternoon.

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