"I don't know what he was thinking last night," says Edward Clickard. His nephew, James Clickard, was killed by the 74-year-old homeowner next door just before 5 a.m. Thursday.
James was armed with a handgun and broke into the home apparently looking for prescription drugs.
His uncle says James had been deeply troubled the past few months after the death of his father in October. Edward says James got involved with drugs, had been in the hospital after an attempted suicide and was recently arrested for driving on a suspended license.
Next-door neighbors Larry and Adeline Sneider were asleep in their home in the 15000 block of Flanders Street, which is near the intersection of Allen and Eureka roads, when they were awoken by the intruder. Edward says he didn't know the intruder was his nephew until he called Larry.
"He just said that he had an intruder last night, and I suspected it might've been my nephew," Edward says. "I feel really bad for Larry. He's a good guy and didn't deserve this to happen to him either."
Larry's wife is said to be diagnosed with cancer.
The homeowner likely won't face charges as his firearm was owned legally. A friend says Larry has always had a permit to carry a gun.
"You can, obviously, defend your home if someone comes into your home. The intruder was armed, so, yes, you can defend yourself," says Southgate Police Department's director, Thomas Coombs.
The police will wrap up their investigation and give their findings to the prosecutor's office.
As for James, his uncle is urging other young people to reach out if you're in trouble.
"Talk to your family members. There's somebody out there that will listen to you and that loves you," he says.