Search For Killer After Man Shot During Football Game
Murder victim Marquiz Wilkerson
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A 20-year-old man was killed while playing football in North Nashville. Now, three months later, police hope someone will come forward with information.
Marquiz Wilkerson was playing football with some friends near the intersection of 9th Avenue North and Coffee Street on the night of March 23. That's when someone sprayed the game with more than a dozen bullets.
"All of a sudden a series of shots rang out. The men turned. The boys turned to run, and Mister Wilkerson was shot in the back," said Jim Fuqua of the Metro Police Department.
Police said the shots came from a nearby alley. Wilkerson was pronounced dead at the scene.
"During our investigation, we found 17 high caliber assault rifle shell casings about a half block away. Looks like somebody just stepped out of the alley and opened up on the group of young men as they were playing ball," Fuqua said.
Police said they have several suspects, but not enough evidence to charge anyone. They think the shooting may have been retaliation, but it bothers them that the shooter was so far away.
"After dark, the man that was firing couldn't tell who he was shooting at. He had no clue," Fuqua added. "Mr. Wilkerson was a good young man. Solid citizen. He had just enrolled at TSU and was starting this fall. 20 years old, looked like he had his life ahead of him.
Police don't believe Wilkerson was involved in any illegal activity. If you have information about the murder of Marquis Wilkerson, call Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME. All tips are anonymous and information could earn you up to one thousand dollars.