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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Nashville has seen 11 homicides in the month of December alone and has surpassed last year’s totals with four days left to go.
Of those deaths, three victims were aged 19 or under, and seven of the murders remain unsolved.
Community members held a meeting at McNairy Hill United Primitive Baptist Church Tuesday night to call for an end to gun violence across the city.
Earl Jordan with Partners in the Struggle hosted the meeting.
“It’s going to take a lot of the African-American leaders to unite and say, ‘We’re going to go out here and get our kids and do whatever we can to make sure you don’t pick up this gun and take another life,’” Jordan told News 2.
Three of the victims this year have been teenagers. Two played football at White’s Creek High School.
Ricky Hambrick, 16, was shot and killed in the Bordeaux area on Dec. 20. There has been no arrest in his case.
The other, 18-year-old Hoigo Lyles, was found shot to death behind an apartment complex in Madison on Dec. 3.
Tyrus Ward and Ian Phillips coached both boys at White’s Creek.
“When it comes to Ricky, I said, ‘Not him. No way. Not him,’” said Phillips. “I tell my players that you can go left or right, but make sure you choose the right decision. Everybody’s going to mess up sometimes, but make sure you don’t make it a fatal decision where you can’t come back from it.”
So far in 2016, there have been 83 homicides, surpassing a total of 79 for 2015.
Anyone with information about the unsolved murders in Nashville should call Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.