Police: Man believed to have been murdered by burglar at Hermitage home

(Courtesy: Hughes family)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Metro police believe a 39-year-old man was murdered inside his Hermitage home by a burglar Monday.

Police said Marvin Hughes was discovered dead at the Misty Cape Cove home by his school age niece around 3:45 p.m.

According to a release, a neighbor reported hearing a loud bang between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Police said it appears Hughes may have been shot to death.

Detectives believe the burglar entered Hughes’ home through an unlocked door and said that the upper level was ransacked. Police said a PlayStation console and Air Jordan shoes were taken from the home.

(Courtesy: Hughes family)

Family members told News 2 that Hughes leaves behind a wife and three sons, ages 12, 16 and 17.

His sister in-law, Towana Powell said Hughes was always focused on providing for his family. He worked at the Nissan plant in Smyrna and on the weekends, he ran hot dog stands downtown.

Powell said she has no idea why anyone would shoot him and that she doesn’t believe he was targeted.

“He was a great-hearted person. He had a good heart. He’d help anybody you know that [needed] help. He was just a great, great family man,” she explained.

She added the tragedy has rocked their family.

“I just couldn’t imagine what he could have been going through when he faced his intruder that invaded their home and took his life. I just don’t know who could do something so terrible to him,” she said.

Powell said her daughter, who is only 10-years-old, actually discovered her uncle’s body.

“It’s just devastating and she lost her father to this when she was three, so it’s like re-living it all over again for her,” she said.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME. Callers can remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward.