Family begs for clues in cold case murder of Nashville boxer

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The family of a champion prize fighter is hoping someone will come forward to help Metro police solve his 2013 murder.

Loren Ross, 48, was shot and killed outside the Last Time Around bar on Brick Church Pike on July 31, 2013.

Metro police said Ross stopped by the bar after work and was inside a short time. He left and witnesses told police there was an argument outside in the parking lot.

A man pulled a gun and shot Ross multiple times, and he died at the scene.

After 12 months without a viable lead to make an arrest, the case went to the Cold Case Unit at Metro-Nashville Police Department.

“I know if and when the person is caught I will have to deal with that and the emotions that is going to bring up,” Ross’ sister Rita Phillips said. “I am resolved that I am going to forgive the person, but I do want to know why.”

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

Ross was an accomplished boxer in the 1980s and early 1990s. He won three USA Amateur Championship Boxing titles. He also fought future boxing champions like Evander Holyfield and Riddick Bo.

A heart condition forced him to retire from professional boxing, but he continued to coach young boxers in Nashville.

“He really tried to be involved with them, and wherever he went he was always trying to give a little of knowledge,” Phillips said. “I am really amazed at the number of people he maintained friendships with.”

After Ross’ murder, Metro police had a description of the gunman. He is described as a black man, around 5 feet 9 inches tall, and had a thin build. On the night of the murder, he was wearing a tan button down shirt that was open, a white T-shirt, blue or blue jean shorts and a white hat.

Detective Andrew Davis initially worked the case before it went to the cold case unit.

“We have a couple of people we believe were involved in this case,” Det. Davis said. “Right now, we are just looking for people to come forward who may have information to help us proceed with prosecution.”

He continued, “Mainly, we are looking for an eyewitness. We know the bar was crowded that night, and we know a lot of people were around.”

Ross’ family told News 2 it is frustrating to know people have information that can solve his murder case, but they are not helping the police.

“He was very loving, and I miss him to this day,” Ross’ niece Andrea Claybrooks said. “As a family, we come together more now and on holidays we are always together and we speak on good memories of him.”

Ross’ sister said as long as the person who killed her brother is not caught, other families are in danger.

“Go beyond just words and have the courage to step forward,” she said. “Think about how you would feel if it were a member of your family.”

If you have any information about the murder of Loren Ross, call Metro-Nashville Police Department’s Cold Case Unit at 615-862-7329 or call Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME (7463).

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