A Nashville man shot along with his brother Saturday night died Christmas Eve at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Raheem McCall, 20, was gunned down alongside his brother, Cedric Robinson, 27, in the 2500 block of Highland Trace Drive Saturday.
Robinson died at the scene.
According to Metro police, a quantity of marijuana packaged for resale was recovered from the scene. Police characterized the shooting as drug related.
The McCall and Robinson families take issue with the characterization.
“They want to go on the fact that these guys that got killed were hoodlums, thugs and drug dealers but that is not what it was,” the men's brother, Kenneth McCall, said. “They lured my brothers there and executed them in that manner.”
According to Metro police, the men were sitting in a silver Chevrolet Malibu outside of a house on Highland Trace Drive when someone approached the car and opened fire.
They have not released any suspect information and police said the investigation is continuing in a media release Monday.
McCall said he does not want his brothers' murders to be forgotten because it has been called drug related or because of the area of town where the killings occurred.
“Let the public know they can end up on the wrong side of town and be safe,” he said. “If in fact something does happen, let them know the city of Nashville will do whatever it takes to make sure they know what happened and why.”
McCall described his brother Cedric as a straight forward man who was a loving husband and father.
Robinson had an eight-month-old daughter.
He said Raheem McCall was also called “Hollywood” by family and friends because he was always very well dressed.
Raheem McCall was the first of his family to graduate from high school, according to his older brother. He also recently found out he was going to be a father.
“He was a person with a big smile and a big heart,” Kenneth McCall said.
McCall's family plans to bury the brothers in their hometown of Florence, South Carolina when the medical examiner has completed their autopsies.
At a time when most families are enjoying catching up and spending time with each other, the McCalls are trying to cope with losing two family members right before Christmas.
“My brothers were taken from me instead of a gift being given on Christmas,” McCall said.
Anyone with information about the shootings is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.
You can also send an electronic tip to Crime Stoppers by texting the word “CASH” along with your message to 274637 (CRIMES). You do not have to give your name and you could receive a cash reward for your information.
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