Tanning bed murder suspect is former McGavock star athlete

Patrick Streater, Tanning Bed Murders
Patrick Streater (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Before he was charged in one of Nashville’s most notorious murder cases, Patrick Streater starred in two sports at McGavock High School.

He seemed to have a bright future then, but investigators in two states have long suspected a dark side.

Patrick Streater, McGavock High School
Patrick Streater graduated from McGavock High School in Nashville.

“I was watching the news last night and I never put the two together until this morning,” said Larry Coffee who was on the McGavock football coaching staff when Streater won several honors with the team, including All-State in 1993.

Streater starred at McGavock High in football as a combination running back/wide receiver and ran on state track championship relay teams during the 1992-93 seasons.

Along with yearbook images from those years, he’s on a picture hanging in the McGavock gym of that championship track team where he was a member of two state title winning sprint relay squads.

“Patrick had all kinds of speed, had all kinds of ability,” said Coach Coffee who has been at McGavock since 1986. “He never caused me any kind of problems, he was a tremendous athlete.”

After McGavock, Streater headed to East Tennessee State University in Johnson City.

A spokesperson there said he was enrolled for just the 1994 fall semester with a declared major in physical education.

Less than two years after Streater left McGavock High and ETSU came the “tanning bed murders.”

In their news conference Thursday announcing the charges against the now 37-year-old Streater, investigators said he was a boyfriend in 1996 of one of the two young female victims at the Church Street adult establishment.

Since 2002, Streater has been incarcerated in California on convictions stemming from a series of home invasions in the Sacramento area.

At the time he had been working as a coach of both track and football at two different schools around the California capital city.

“He had the facade of being a gentle person but deep down inside he has some issues of violence, severe violence.” Placer County Capt. Rick Armstrong said in 2002.

The words from a decade ago in California are what Nashville police now believe about Streater 17-years-ago.

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