Family Of Murdered Nashville Woman Waits For Answers
by Emily Luxen
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Family and friends gathered Thursday to remember a Nashville mother on the one year anniversary of her murder.
They held a candlelight vigil just feet from the home where 43-year-old Tonya Ross was shot and killed.
"It's been a tough year," said Johnnie Jenkins, Ross' sister. "The thing that got us through is God and family and friends."
On February 7, 2012, Ross was shot in the head by a bullet while lying in bed at her family's home in the 1800 block of Haynes Street in North Nashville. She died a short time after being taken to the hospital. Police don't know if the shots were fired by someone on foot or in a car, but friends don't believe Ross was targeted.
"It was senseless," said Charla Mitchell, Ross' friend. "She never did anything bad to anyone at all."
Ross left behind four daughters, and seven grandchildren.
With her killer still on the run, family members said it has been hard to stay patient. They remain hopeful justice will come soon.
"We need answers to move forward. We need closure," said Veronica Bryant, Ross' friend. "I'm hopeful. I'm very hopeful."
Ross' family said they have kept in close contact with officers over the last year, and will keep meeting on the anniversary of her death until the case is closed.
Metro Police continue to investigate this case. Anyone with information on the crime is asked to call Metro Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.