NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The brother of a murdered South Nashville restaurant owner is begging for anyone with information to come forward.
"I want to know what happened to my brother," said Zelaleen Amarre, the younger brother of Gitem Demissie. "So if anyone is out there that knows who did this I beg you please, please, bring justice for my brother."
Demissie was shot multiple times by a masked gunman inside his own restaurant along Murfreesboro Pike. Police said the shooter entered the business near midnight on Sunday, shot Demissie, then left. The suspect did not steal anything and ignored a second person inside the bar at the time, which is why officers believe this was a targeted incident.
Amarre said his brother was like a father figure to many and was known for working 18 hour days at his businesses. Demissie also owned Ibex Mart, one of Nashville's few Ethiopian grocery stores.
"He is a really caring, loving, friendly person. He loved helping people," Amarre said. "If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be here today. He helped me through a lot of hard times. I was able to go to school because of him without working. He paid everything for me."
Demissie was Amarre's only brother, the rest of their immediate family lives in Ethiopia. An Antioch church plans to hold a memorial service for Demissie this Wednesday, but he will ultimately be buried in Ethiopia.
Police are working to access surveillance cameras to help identify the gunman. The shooter is described as about 5'7" and slender with light skin.
"I will not rest or sleep until I find out who did this to him," Amarre said. "I will always remember him. He will be in my thoughts every single day."
Memorial Service Held For Murdered Market Owner
A memorial service at was held at the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church Thursday evening for Gitem Demissie, age 41, of Nashville.
Tad Cummins' Vehicle Possibly Spotted In Texas
Tad Cummins, the 50-year-old man wanted for kidnapping 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas, was possibly spotted in Texas; however, officials said…
Police: Restaurant Owner Was Assassinated
Metro Nashville Police officials have ruled the murder of a South Nashville Ethiopian market and restaurant owner as an assassination.
Family Of Elizabeth Thomas Releases Statement
A statement has been released on behalf of Elizabeth Thomas' family.
House Passes Bill To Block Pot Decriminalization
The House has voted on a bill that would block any efforts by Tennessee cities to decriminalize the use of marijuana. The bill would nullify…
1 Arrested; 1 On The Loose In Kidnapping
A woman was arrested for her alleged role in a Hendersonville kidnapping.
'I Believe In Nashville' Mural Restored
The much-loved "I believe in Nashville" mural in Music City has been restored to its former glory.
Local Students Witness London Terror Attack
A group of Decatur County high school students were just feet away from the London attack that killed five people.