LOUISVILLE (WATE) - The Alcoa Police Department said two men were charged with stabbing a Maryville man multiple times and leaving him along the side of the road to die.
Keshawn Lonnell Hopewell, 21, of Alcoa, and Itiq Tivone Green, 28, of Louisville, were each charged by Alcoa police detectives with criminal homicide. Caleb Thomas Radford was found with multiple stab wounds on Topside Road on the night of July 25. Radford was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
"After several days of rigorous and thorough investigation, we are happy to announce that the men responsible for Radford's death are now in custody," Alcoa Police Chief David Carswell said. "We are thankful to the many agencies that assisted our department in the investigation and arrests of these two men."
Radford, 18, recently graduated from William Blount High School. Friends say he was caring, loving and someone who wore his heart on his sleeve. Radford had a young family he worked hard providing for.
Friends like Florent Ismaili have set up a GoFundMe account to make sure Radford's girlfriend and son don't worry about money.
"I don't want him to ever be told no for anything - for diapers, clothes, baby food - and I don't want Zion to have to ever ask anyone outside of her friend group for money," he said.
While many who loved Radford, find comfort, Ismaili says he can still find reminders of him.
"I'm going to think of Caleb. Every time I go by this gym, I'm going to think of Caleb. Every time I go by a football field, I'm going to think of number 14, Caleb Radford," added Ismaili.
Hopewell and Green are being held on a million dollar bond. A hearing is scheduled Monday in Blount County Sessions Court.