ASHLAND CITY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A vigil was held Saturday for a teen who was killed in the parking lot of a south Nashville Hooters last week.
Family and friends gathered at 6 p.m. at River Bluff Park to remember 18-year-old Hagan Newland.
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“It just hit everyone so hard, you know, why would someone do this?” Newland’s classmate, Jordan Hawley, expressed to News 2.
Dozens of loved ones packed the park with candles and balloons in Newland’s honor.
“He was the greatest person you will ever meet. He had no bad heart. He was not mean to nobody,” a friend cried to the crowd.
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Newland was shot in the head last Saturday behind the Hooters on Largo Drive, just off Interstate 24 and Harding Place.
According to officials, he was sitting in his car with four friends counting money, when witnesses saw three men approach the car to rob him.
Newland put up a fight before he was shot. He was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he later died on Monday.
Authorities told News 2 that Newland went to the location to make a drug deal; however, his family says that is not true.
“He was not involved in drugs whatsoever. He would have not have risked his football career. He would have not have risked his future, he was pure,” explained Hawley.
Three people have been arrested for the crime. The investigation is ongoing and detectives are continuing to pursue leads in the case.