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Friends Of Brentwood Man Accused Of Murder Speaking Out

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by Janet Kim

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - While police continue to investigate the shooting death of Rachael Maidens, many that knew her and her husband Randy, are asking whether there were hints of trouble.

Close friends of the couple are speaking out, including members of Rachael Maidens' tennis league, who held a moment of silence at Thursday's tournament in her honor.

The team told NewsChannel 5 that Rachael was supposed to play a game on Sunday, so when she didn't show or answer her phone, they knew something wasn't right, but they never imagined she was gone.

"She played every Thursday," said teammate Cynthia Kelley. "She was a committed team member and a committed player and a great friend and she would've been here. It seems surreal that I was on the court with her last Thursday, hitting the ball, laughing and being competitive with the shots and all of a sudden she's gone."

Rachael Maidens was found murdered in her Brentwood home Sunday.

"I just want people to know Rachael, and in this senseless tragedy you hear about what happened and the person that murdered her, but we want people to know Rachael," said Kelley.

It's why 150 tennis teams from across Nashville held a moment of silence Thursday, and it's why friends said they don't want to stay silent.

"It's not that she was sick or an awful car wreck but it was senseless, it was disgusting," said Kelley. "It's so sad, and it's so sad that a precious 2-year old is left without a mom."

Police said Maidens' husband, who friends call Randy, is to blame.

"All of our friends are shocked because that's not the person we thought we'd see up there," said Mark Haas, who has been a friend of Randy Maidens' since childhood.

Haas said he hasn't spoken to Randy since he married Rachael, but knows she made him very happy.

"I knew that he held her in the highest regard possible," said Haas. "He gave up his life to move to Tennessee with Rachael."

Friends said Randy Maidens quit drinking years ago, and they said if he started drinking again something serious must have recently happened in his life.

"I'd say Randy was a very focused individual. He was one of the smartest people that I'd ever known,"

Maidens has hired high profile Nashville attorney David Raybin and Franklin attorney Sandra Wells.

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