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Victim's Colleague Speaks Out After Deadly Market Shooting

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Victim's friend Ben Swearingen Victim's friend Ben Swearingen

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A teenager has been charged in connection with a deadly shooting at a market in Nashville.

Officials with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department said 19-year-old Matthew McDowell was arrested and charged with criminal homicide after a man was shot and killed during an attempted robbery on Friday.

Police said 32-year-old Moises Cedeno was shot and killed around 12:30 p.m. outside Lee's Market, located at 310 17th Avenue North. 

Investigators said the suspect was arrested late Friday night at a residence located on 32nd Avenue North. They said a revolver was found in the pocket of a hooded jacket recovered from the residence.

According to investigators, the victim was sitting in the front passenger seat of a van in the parking lot while his co-worker, Kevin Swisher, went inside the market. Swisher said he heard the gunshot and saw Cedeno come to the store with a gunshot wound. Swisher said he called for help and held his colleague until paramedics arrived.

"I laid his head down, and I picked him up and told him to keep this eyes open," said Swisher.

Cedeno's colleagues are back at work but are remembering the father of four.

"It leaves you numb. It leaves you numb," Ben Swearingen, A&S Electric Field Superintendent said. He hired Cedeno just two weeks ago. "He was a family person. I could tell that because he wanted to work. He wanted to support his family. He was on time, prompt."

Surveillance video showed the gunman walk by the van and look into the rear window. Police said the suspect pulled up the hood of his jacket and confronted Cedeno at gunpoint during what seemed to be an attempted robbery.

Officials said Cedeno put his hands out the window in what looked like an apparent defensive reaction. The gunman then fired his weapon, hitting Cedeno in the leg. Cedeno was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he died as a result of his wounds.

"They've gone to eat lunch. He's sitting there minding his own business by himself," Swearingen said. "This man comes up and shoots him, takes his life away from him."

Detectives said the suspect was free on $15,000 bond at the time of his arrest. They said he was charged with drug possession and evading arrest on November 11.

Cedeno's services will be held Wednesday in Clarksville. Neal-Tarpley Parchman Funeral Home is handling the services. Colleagues have also set up a trust fund in Cedeno's name at Bank of Nashville. He leaves behind his wife, and four sons, who are ages 5 through 12.


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