Friends, family hold vigil for West Nashville murder victim

Photo: WKRN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) Family and friends held a vigil Friday night for the murder victim found stabbed to death at a trucking company this week.

The vigil took place outside Allure Barber and Beauty in South Nashville, where Deon Brown used to work.

The 24-year-old was found Monday in the Western Express parking lot on Centennial Place in West Nashville.

Police say he had no identification.

His mom, Joyce Seay, says Deon came out to her in 11th grade and sometimes wore women’s clothing.

“He liked drag, he did shows, he did pageants,” she said. “That was a part of him. But he would never trick nobody. Deon is just Deon.”

Seay says she and her son were best friends. Her name was even tattooed on his chest. That’s how police identified his body.

Detectives are pursuing strong leads in the case, but they are asking for more tips. A man is wanted for questioning after Brown’s car was found in North Carolina.

The victim’s best friend says Deon and the man, 26-year-old Christopher Gadsden, met online. While investigators search for Gadsden, Deon’s mom believes they won’t be looking for long.

“We’re going to get you,” she said. “Baby, when we come for you, we’re coming. We’re coming.”

News 2 spoke to Gadsden’s brother on Facebook, who said he’s sorry for Deon’s family.

He added that his brother is innocent until proven guilty.

Anyone with information on the case should call Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.

Deon Brown (Photo: WKRN)
Deon Brown (Courtesy: Brown family)