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Father of murdered teen speaks after suspect's arrest

Trey Zwicker Trey Zwicker
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A father speaks out after an arrest is made in his 14-year-old son's murder. Police aren't releasing much information about the juvenile suspect, not even his name, but Trey Zwicker's family says the suspect is Zwicker's 15-year-old stepbrother. His father says he is still in shock over his son's death and wants the killer to pay.

"To believe that there is actually a 15-year-old kid that's capable of doing that, that's sick," said Terry Zwicker.

Terry Zwicker spent most of Thursday trying to comprehend the arrest made in his son's murder.

"He had lived in the house with Trey," said Zwicker. "He probably slept in the same room as Trey, I mean that's how close he actually was."

LMPD investigators believe Josh Young beat and stabbed Zwicker, leaving his body in a ditch behind Liberty High School on Indian Trail on May 11. The arrest report states Young then disposed of the murder weapon and clothing.

"He never said anything negative about Josh Young, never said there was even a problem," said Terry Zwicker.

On June 16, Young was the center of an AMBER Alert. Late that same day, Young and his father, Josh Gouker, were found in the Birmingham, Alabama area. Both were arrested on gun charges.

Court records show that Trey's mother stated Gouker was under suspicion for her son's death. Gouker is still jailed in Alabama on gun and kidnapping charges.

"We don't take murder arrests lightly," said Sgt. Aaron Crowell with the LMPD Homicide squad. "If we weren't confident in the facts of the case, we would not have made the arrest."

Young is currently charged as a juvenile, but if Terry Zwicker has his way, that will change.

"Most definitely I want him tried as an adult," said Zwicker. "I want him to have an adult size punishment."

Zwicker says the arrest helps in the closure process, but now all he wants to know is why.

"I took a little trip this weekend and spent Father's Day weekend at the lake where me and Trey would have spent it anyway and I talked it out with him and let him know for the millionth time I miss him so much," said Zwicker.

Zwicker believes more arrests could come in this case. Metro police say that is always a possibility.

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