Nashville neighbors wary after brother murdered in front of twin

The Lyke brothers (Courtesy: The Lyke family)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – For the first time, News 2 is hearing from neighbors who lived near Jesiah Lyke and his twin brother Jonathan.

They told News 2 the twins were well known in the area and they often took walks together.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

“The young man and his brother walked up and down the street. Friendly, engaging, nice place to live,” said Dennis Baker, who lived near the brothers.

Metro police previously said a black sedan drove by and made a U-turn before stopping near the brothers while they were walking Monday night around 9 p.m.

Two men got out of the car and ordered the brothers to lie down at gunpoint. Police said Jesiah Lyke was shot as he attempted to run away. He later died.

Authorities have not determined a motive but they are investigating whether Lyke was shot during an attempted robbery.

The uncertainty has neighbors on edge.

“Were they targeted for whatever reason, or was it just a random thing? If it’s random, we all need to be more aware. If it’s targeted then I hope they catch the perpetrators and take care of this soon,” said Baker.

Jesiah Lyke, Bluewater shooting“I am nervous because I have two children,” said another neighbor, who asked us not to use her name.

New 2 reached out to Metro police to learn whether they are investigating if this crime could be gang-related and to learn more about recent crime trends in the area. We’ll let you know what Metro police have to say as soon as we hear back.

Tuesday night, News 2 spoke with Lyke’s twin brother Jonathan, who is pleading for the capture of the men who killed his brother.

“I can’t sleep until these guys are brought to justice, and they will be,” said Jonathan Lyke.

The suspect description is also very vague; two men believed to be in their late teens or early 20s both around 5 feet 8 inches tall.

News 2 is also looking into whether there may be surveillance video in this case.

Anyone with information is urged to call crime stoppers at 615-74-CRIME. Tips that lead to an arrest may receive a cash reward.

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