Daughter Releases Photo of Father Killed in Apparent Snow Shoveling Fight

Published: Jan. 1, 2016 at 10:54 AM CST
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UPDATE 8:34 pm

Daughter releases photo of 74-year old Marvin Scarber. Scarber died early Thursday after an altercation over shoveling snow.

According to Hobbs Police, Scarber got into a physical altercation with 34-year-old Abilene-native McClellan Calhoun Jr. over Scarber's shoveling the snow in the 300 block of North Midland.

When police arrived, Scarber was found lying on the ground unresponsive. He later died at a nearby hospital.

Scarber's daughter, Tammy Priest, says that her dad was a maintenance worker for the Allsup's companies, and she doesn't understand how something like this could have happened.

"He was just doing his job...my dad was a wonderful man and he would have done anything for anyone," Priest said.

Priest says her father was hard worker and would never brought harm to anyone, so it's difficult to understand this happening to him.

"We're just kind of lost," Priest said.

According to Priest her father didn't have life insurance, and the expenses for his funeral are well above three thousand dollars. Priest currently works as a waitress, so the financial pressure added to the emotional stress of losing her father is very overwhelming.

"I just can't understand why this happened, my father deserved better than this," Priest said.

Calhoun has been charged with Involuntary Manslaughter, a 4th Degree Felony. He is currently being held in the Hobbs City Jail without bond.

Family Friends have set up a GoFund me account for anyone wanting to help Priest and her family with funeral expenses.

Simply follow the link listed below:



74-year-old Hobbs resident Marvin Scarber is dead after a fight while he was shoveling snow Thursday. According to a Hobbs Police Department release, 34-year-old McClellan Calhoun Jr. of Abilene got into a physical altercation over the older man’s shoveling of snow in the 300 block of North Marland.

Calhoun is now charged with involuntary manslaughter, a fourth degree felony. He is being held in the Hobbs City Jail without bond.

Investigators say Scarber and McClellan got into a physical altercation “over Scarber shoveling snow.” After the incident, McClellan and his 31-year-old wife Shamika Benton and a friend 42-year-old Cleve McKenzie fled the scene.

Benton was found by police in a home in the 1200 block of North Pennington. McClellan and McKenzie were interviewed by detectives at the police department shortly after.

“At the direction of the District Attorney, McClellan has been charged with Involuntary Manslaughter (4th Degree Felony). He is currently being held in the Hobbs City Jail without bond. At this time, neither Benton nor McKenzie have been charged with any crime. The investigation into Scarbers’ death is on-going,” Police said in a release.

Police found Scarber lying on the ground unresponsive just before 1:00 p.m. Thursday. Officers began CPR until paramedics arrived and took Scarber to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

CBS 7 is awaiting a return call from Hobbs Police to ask further questions about the circumstances surrounding the incident.

If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact the Hobbs Police Department at (575) 397-9265 or Lea County Crime Stoppers at (575) 393-8005.