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Family Members Seek Clues In Nephew’s Murder

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.- In Nashville this year there have been 57 homicides. Sixteen remained unsolved, including one in October outside a sports bar on Jefferson Street.

On a rainy night in October crime scene investigators searched a parking lot outside One Brew Sports Bar on Jefferson Street for evidence. It was at this bar that someone shot 32 year old Joshaun Collier several times. Joshaun died in the hospital four days later.

More than two months later the killer is still free and no leads have developed in the case. Collier's family has since turned to the public to plea for information about Joshaun's death.

"He is our oldest nephew, and we're all really close. I mean he's our nephew, but he's like each one of our sons also," said Aphonda Stafford, Joshaun's aunt.

Joshaun's uncle recalls the night of the shooting. He said family had gathered at his house to eat dinner and watch football.

"He got a couple of calls. I remembered he said my girlfriend called and I've got to go pick her up. She was at the beauty shop," said Keith Collier, Joshaun's uncle.

That's the last conversation they had. Less than an hour later Joshaun was at Metro General Hospital with gunshot wounds.


"We do have physical evidence that has been submitted to the TBI. We're trying to find some connection to the physical evidence, the shell casings that were recovered from the scene," said Metro Police Detective Tim Codling.

Family members admit that Joshaun Collier was no angel. Joshaun served time in prison for aggravated robbery, but his uncle said since his release he's been trying to stay out of trouble and even he wanted to start a pressure washing business.


"He'd been through some struggles, he'd been through struggles. He had started school at TSU and he was proud of it. He was making a change," said Joshaun's uncle.


Police are still working to find out who wanted Joshaun dead. Family members say he'd been having some trouble with an ex-wife. Police have talked to her, and say she's a person of interest.

When Joshaun was shot he was standing outside a car talking to the people inside. Police say what they're missing is a witness.

"There were witnesses there when he was shot, but they claim they did not see the shooter," said Detective Codling.

All of these people believe someone has information about the shooting, but won't come forward.

"If you've been bought out or someone has threatened you come and let Metro know. Let them handle it," said Collier.

Family members know it won't bring closure, but maybe something else.

"It would make everybody, especially his mother and daughter. It would give them some type of peace," Stafford said.

And that would be especially gratifying around the holidays.

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