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Murder Victim's Wife Speaks Out

Nikki Goeser Nikki Goeser

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A man was arrested after police said he shot and killed a mobile karaoke business owner Thursday night.

Metro Police said the shooter, Hank Wise, had apparently developed a fascination with Ben Goeser's wife after seeing her at other karaoke events over the past few months.

"We didn't think anything about it, you know? He just was weird. He was real quiet," said Nikki Goeser, murder victim's wife.

Nikki never knew Hank Wise was capable of killing, especially her husband of 15 months.

"He was following her to an extent, it could be considered every much a case of stalking," said Metro police officer Randy Alexander.

Investigators are trying to figure out what made Hank Wise lose control.

"He has no previous arrest history what so ever," said Alexander. "We still don't know the entire answer to it, it's still under investigation. We do know they were not strangers. They had met several months earlier." 

Police said apparently, Wise started sending inappropriate e-mails to Nikki Goeser through My Space.

"I deleted him, and I blocked him from my MySpace page," said Goeser.

She told him to stop, and had not heard from more than a month ago until last night.

"My husband, Ben, was just standing at the Karaoke computer -- just minding his own business, just entering in songs," said Goeser. "There was a struggle, and the guys were trying to get him out, and he pulled a weapon and he shot like 4 or 5 rounds into Ben. He died instantly."

Wise left a message on his MySpace blog the day before the shooting that said "Forever unforgiven, I know who you are, run. You're going to see my bad side. It's going to be extremely painful. I'll be on the hunt, predator and prey. You're forever unforgiven."

Police guess the blog was connected to the shooting, but it was unclear who Wise was talking about in his message.

Goeser, co-owner of Cane Ridge Karaoke, was killed while at work last night at Johnny's Sports Bar, at 5805 Nolensville Pike, in South Nashville just after 10:30 p.m.

"Very fortunate that no one else was hurt. There were multiple rounds fired inside," said Alexander.

Management at Jonny's asked Wise to leave. Police said that was when Wise approached Goeser and shot him several times.

Bar patrons tackled the gunman and held him until police arrived.

The suspect is being held in lieu of $1 million bond at the Davidson County Jail on murder charges.

To make a donation to the Benjamin F. Goeser Benefit Fund go to any SunTrust bank.

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