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Teen's Murder Remains Unsolved After 6 Months


NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The murder of an East Nashville teenager remains unsolved after six months. Police said it should not be that way because several people witnessed his murder.

Investigators said if one of those witnesses comes forward they might be able to find the killer. 

On Tuesday, January 19, Metro's 911 center received numerous calls about a shooting in East Nashville at 4:45 p.m. 

Deonte Darrington was walking on South Seventh Street with two friends. A man walked up to them and pulled a pistol. 

"Deonte tried to run away to get away from this guy, but was shot multiple times and fell on the sidewalk. The assailant fled toward South 8th Street," said detective Matthew Filter with the Metro Nashville Police Department. 

Police said Darrington's friends also ran, but they were not shot. The 18-year-old collapsed on the sidewalk in the 600 block of South Seventh Street. Citizens flagged down a police officer who called an ambulance. He died later at a hospital. 

"We did have some information suggesting that there was some kind of dispute between the two of them," said Filter. 

Police still do not have enough evidence to charge someone with the crime. They believe several people know who committed the crime. 

"There were a lot of kids out playing when this happened. We know there were several people that witnessed this incident. We need them to come forward and tell us what they saw," said Filter. 

Witnesses said the suspect was 5'10" and weighed about 160 pounds. He also had long dreadlocks. 

"We're just looking for information and for the identity of the shooter, so we can get this guy off the street," said Filter. 

If you have information about the murder of Deonte Darrington in East Nashville call Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.

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