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MADISON, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two 16-year-olds were arrested in a double shooting that killed one teenager and critically hurt another man over the weekend at a Madison apartment complex.
Metro police said they believe a robbery was set up and led to shots being fired at the Nashwood Park Apartments on North Dupont Avenue around 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
Javonte Robinson, 18, and Roy Hunter, 20, were sitting inside a car in the parking lot when authorities say a third person got out and walked away.
That’s when police say two other people, who had their faces covered, ran up and fired shots into the car.
Robinson was pronounced dead at the scene. Hunter was seriously injured and remains in critical condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Metro police’s investigation led to the arrestes of Terrance Rainey and Byron Berkley, both 16 years old.
Rainey was taken into custody at his Tisdall Drive home overnight and Berkley was arrested at his school, Cohn Alternative, on Monday.
According to a press release, both implicated themselves in the case during interviews with detectives.
They are each charged with criminal homicide and especially aggravated robbery, and they are being held at the juvenile detention center.
News 2 spoke with Hunter’s mother, Tyese Hunter, who is also a Metro School Board member.
She said her son and Robinson, who graduated from Pearl-Cohn last year, were very close and considered each other to be brothers.
“He’s not able to talk because he’s on a ventilator, but he’s responding,” she told News 2. “I’m so hopeful. I have a tremendous amount of hope. All I need is to see one good sign and I’ll take that and run with it.”
Hunter graduated from Hillsboro High School and now attends Kentucky Wesleyan College where he is studying to be a marine biologist.
“He called to ask if he could come home and I said, ‘Yeah, you can come home,’ but I didn’t really want to let him come home because I know Nashville itself has been really bad for our young boys. But I said yeah, and you know, I kind of regret it,” Tyese Hunter said.
She added that she is unsure why her son and Robinson were in Madison on Saturday.
News 2 also spoke with Roy Hunter’s football coach, who said he received an alert on his phone about the shooting but didn’t realize it involved one of his former players.
“Our society right now, I don’t know – it’s a mess,” Coach Craig Clayton said. “I’m just bewildered by all the violence that goes on among young people. Something needs to change in society. I don’t know what steps have to be taken, but to do something like this in the middle of the day. The people who did it, it just astounds me that somebody would do something like that.”