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Neighbors upset after memorial for murdered veteran vandalized

Neighbors say murder victim Clarence Adkins was popular in the community. (Source: WOIO) Neighbors say murder victim Clarence Adkins was popular in the community. (Source: WOIO)
Neighbors say this memorial for the beloved veteran keeps getting destroyed. (Source: WOIO) Neighbors say this memorial for the beloved veteran keeps getting destroyed. (Source: WOIO)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

Neighbors are upset after a memorial created for a beloved Vietnam veteran, who was murdered in his home, keeps getting destroyed.

Clarence Adkins, 68, was killed inside his west side residence on Colgate Avenue on Oct. 6. 

"He had a good heart, opened his home to a lot of people, which ultimately did him in. It was the people that was living with him that did that to him," said neighbor Agustin Montanez.

"They robbed him for drugs. They even got high over his body while he was dead, just laughing. It's sad, sad. It's crazy," said neighbor Gus Montanez.

Montanez says what somebody did to Adkins' memorial is a shame and disrespectful.

"Why come over here and destroy this man's stuff? It's twice already that we have fixed stuff up. Just yesterday night, somebody came in, ripped up all the signs, knocked all kinds of stuff over. There was stuff scattered everywhere. I had to put stuff back," said Montanez. 

Although neighbors we spoke with say he didn't have any enemies, someone has been messing with his memorial. 

"We didn't see per se, at the time it happened, but we heard him yelling out here who he was, that if somebody wanted to come outside. They didn't want to come outside because the guy sounded like he was drunk," said Montanez.

Five suspects were arrested in connection to Adkins' death. Joseph Woods, 31, Robert Long Sr., 56, and Robert Long Jr., 30, have been charged with aggravated murder. Brittany Lopez, 24, and Thomas Rutherford, 55, have been charged with tampering with evidence. 

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