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Kentucky Authorities Investigate Homicide of Clarksville Man

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HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. - Authorities in Kentucky said they are investigating a murder of a Clarksville, Tennessee man. The crime happened at a clothing store in Hopkinsville.

Investigators said 60-year-old James Quarles, was working at the store he owned with his mother, J-Q's Fashion at 1401 Walnut Street, in Hopkinsville Thursday.

An unidentified suspect shot Quarles to death and escaped with an unknown amount of money.

"I'm so upset. I don't understand it, it was so senseless, senseless -- to have taken my husband's life. I truly didn't appreciate it, and I want them caught and I want them to pay," said murder victim's wife, Sophia Bracken Quarles.

The shooting occurred between 6:25 p.m and 8:40 p.m, according to investigators.

Police believe the gunman may have tried to commit a robbery at the business.

Officials said Quarles was giving the store's intruders everything they wanted.

"The drawer in the register was, in fact, open - and the cash was not there. Then he, of course, was later found in one of the back storage rooms. So, it appears that he was, in fact, cooperating with his assailant," said Chuck Inman with the Hopkinsville police department.

Loved ones and investigators are clueless about why anyone would want to harm Quarles.

Hopkinsville Police said there is up to $6,000 in reward money for any information leading to an arrest and conviction of the shooter.

"I just wish someone would come forth, and tell whatever it is that they know," said Quarles.

Detectives have no surveillance video and, admittedly do not a lot of clues.

If you have any information on Quarles's murder call Hopkinsville, Kentucky, police at (270) 890 - 1500 or (270) 890 - 1500.

You can also dial the Crime-Stoppers line -- (270) 887 "TIPS."

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