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Police Close To Solving Carwash Homicide Case


NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The one year anniversary of the murder of 18-year-old Leif Brittain is Saturday. Brittain was shot and killed at a south Nashville carwash.

Friends and family members are hoping someone will come forward with information that will help police. Metro police investigators say they may be close to solving the case.

It's been one year since someone shot and killed 18-year old Leif Brittain as he washed his car at a South Nashville Car wash, late one Friday night.

"The killing was senseless. He took something from everybody," Leif's mother Debbie Walters said of the killer.

Police thought they were close to solving the case and brought in a person of interest for questioning. Charzell Cheatham was brought to Nashville from Mississippi, but he was never charged in the case.

Investigators say the determined Cheatham was not connected to the murder. They do believe they are closer to finding the killer.

"We do feel like that we know who is responsible for this homicide.  It's just that we still need a little bit more before we're able to proceed with a prosecution on it," says Randy Alexander with the Metro Nashville Police Department.

The wait for the Brittain family is as frustrating as it is for police. Last year Leif's mother told NewsChannel 5 her son's friends have helped her be strong.

"That's what's gotten me through this - that he was loved, and that he was happy," says Debbie.

After Brittain's murder, police never found his wallet.

"He was doing nothing wrong. He was in the last bay. While he was washing his truck he was approached by a person or persons with a handgun in what appears to be a robbery," says Alexander.

Detectives have been collecting pieces of evidence to solve the puzzle.

"We do know there's a lot of vegetation, a lot of trees in the area that gave a lot of concealment and we feel like they were able to get through the tree line is where they came from," says Alexander.

Police believe if just one person comes forward with a piece of information they can solve the case.

"Even though it might be minute in their mind, it may be the one piece that we're lacking to be able to proceed with this case," says Alexander.

If you have information about this case call or text Crime Stoppers.  The number to Crime Stoppers is 74-CRIME. To text Crime Stoppers begin the message with the word CASH and send the text to CRIMES.

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