by: Rachel Stockman Updated:
ATLANTA, Ga. - Family members hope a local soldier's death sparks a movement to root out senseless crime in a northeast Atlanta neighborhood.
Atlanta police said Arnold was killed during an attempted robbery on a bike path between Rogers and Warren streets in Kirkwood.
"Our victims, their behavior had nothing to do with what happened to them," said Atlanta Police Capt. Paul Guerrucci. "It appears to be a senseless robbery."
"A 14-year-old killed my son," said Villafane, "I am glad that someone that didn't have the scruples to think about life and consequences is off the street."
Police have not released the name of the suspect, who has been charged with one count of murder and one count of armed robbery. Homicide detectives are still actively searching for any other suspects involved in the crime.
"I got the phone call about 6 p.m. on the 26th," said James Arnold, the victim's father, "I need to get to
On Saturday family members, friends and
His mother said Xavier Arnold had dreams of designing comics. He was on the bike path with
"There is no reason my son's life should have been taken, he wasn't doing anything wrong," said Villafane.
"We have to put a stop to the senseless violence and these petty crimes," said