Metro police ask for help solving 17-year-old’s murder

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The family of a 17-year-old murder victim is still waiting for the break detectives need to arrest the man who shot and killed their loved one last March.

Christian Lewis was shot in the back after meeting with a man for a business transaction at the Timberlake Village Apartments on Blue Lake Circle on March 27.

According to police, Lewis and four friends went to the apartment complex to meet a man the teen had been communicating with throughout the day. Lewis’ friends stayed in the car while he met with a man in the parking lot.

Police said the man shot Lewis, and he tried to run back to the car where his friends were waiting but fell. The gunman drove away. Lewis’ friends also fled the scene, leaving him behind in the parking lot.

Detectives told News 2 the friends said they do not know who he was meeting with and have not given police information that can help make an arrest.

“I find it hard to believe you are out with your friends and they don’t know who you are meeting up with,” said Detective Desmond Sumerel. “I believe they know something but maybe they are afraid to talk.”

The gunman is described as a black man with shoulder length dreadlocks. He was driving a dark-colored SUV, possibly an Acura MDX.

(Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

Surveillance video shows a passenger in the vehicle with the gunman.

“His mother is very distraught. I have talked to her on multiple occasions,” Detective Sumerel told News 2. “This is her son and she didn’t expect this.”

He continued, “It just really had a severe impact on her life.”

Anyone with information about the gunman or passenger is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.

“You can call Crime Stoppers and be anonymous,” Detective Sumerel said. “Christian had a lot of friends in the Antioch community and I believe some of his friends may know something.”

Callers can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward if their information leads to an arrest