ASHLAND CITY, Tenn-Ashland City Police believe it was a home invasion that claimed the life of a Robert Guye Jr.,54. Investigators were called to a home on Jefferson Street near downtown Ashland City early Wednesday morning where they found Guye's body and said it appeared he died of a gunshot wound. Authorities spent hours trying to piece together any clues of who might be behind their first murder in city limits in almost three decades.
While investigators are working to find a suspect, they say the community should not be alarmed. They do not believe Guye's murder was random, and they are looking into whether it was someone he knew, especially since he had a reputation of helping folks in need and even opening his home to those who needed a place to stay.
Ashland City Police say the victim's wallet was been found at an apartment complex's dumpster in East Nashville of Litton Avenue.
Close friend Laurie Medley said she knew something was suspicious when Guye never picked her up to take her to class Wednesday morning. He was giving her a ride since her car broke down earlier this week.
Medley said, "I thought he was just being mean, and then it never crossed my mind that something like this happened."
And when Guye didn't answer his phone when family called Wednesday morning they sent his former sister-in-law to check on him. What she found was the 54-year-old lying dead inside the hallway of his Ashland City Home. Police say they knew immediately they were investigating a murder. Police Chief Mark Coulon told NewsChannel 5, "Apparently there was blood everywhere and we are investigating it as a homicide."
Friends flooded the street now blocked off by crime tape, and neighbors who just saw him last night are shocked to know that now he is gone. Cynthia Moore just went walking with Guye on Tuesday evening and said, "He was fine, happy, joking and we were kidding him about eating all that ice cream, that was his favorite dessert.
Tears came easily for those that knew him and they say Guye had a generous heart: always willing to help those in need with money, a place to sleep or even something as simple as a ride in his Buick to school.
Medley recalled, "He was a wonderful father and friend and he did random acts of kindness that people didn't know that was the kind of guy he was."
It's not only shocking for those that knew him, but also for Ashland City Police. The chief says it's their homicide investigation in almost 30 years.
Ashland City police chief is asking for any help from Guye's many friends in the community. If they have any information they are asked to call the Ashland City Police Department.