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Help Needed In Arson Case That Ended In Murder

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The family of a West Nashville woman is hoping Crime Stoppers can help them find her killer, after she died two months ago in a fire.

Police believe the blaze was deliberately set. The victim's bother, Robert Spence, said solving the crime will help ease the family's pain.

"This is a very painful situation for the whole family - for her children, and we need help from the public," said Spence.

The victim, Nakina Spence, left behind a 10-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter.

"It's just going to be hard on them all the holidays, just going to be very painful for them. They loved their mother to death. She loved them," said Spence.

Spence's sister was killed on February 8 just after midnight inside her apartment on Maudina Avenue.

"She went out and played bingo the night this happened and won a little bit of money. Came home supposedly an hour later, fire started," said Spence.

After putting out the fire Metro firefighters found the body of Nakina Spence. Fire investigators concluded the fire was arson.

Police do not know who started the blaze or why. They do not know if Spence was the intended target.

"It's important to get the suspect because it was an apartment complex, and it resulted in the death of this woman and it could have resulted in the deaths of many others," said Metro police officer Michael Butler.

Witnesses saw a man leaving the area at the time of the fire, but police do not know if he was involved.

He was described as a white male in his 40s with a receding hairline, grey hair and a beard. He was also driving a full size blue standard cab pickup truck.

If you have information about her murder call Crime Stoppers at 74-Crime. You can also send a text to Crime Stoppers, begin the message with the word CASH and send the text to CRIMES.

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