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Family Seeks Closure On Anniversary Of Teen's Death

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by Emily Luxen           

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - One year after an 18-year-old was shot and killed during a robbery in North Nashville, his family is still searching for answers.

Stephen Milliken's mother said the last year has been filled with emotions ranging from anger, to sadness, to frustration.

"I have no closure," said Semetta Gardner. "The only thing I can do is feel pain. The only way I can cope with it is to keep myself busy."

Around 6:45 p.m. on December 26, 2012, police were called to the Trinity Hills Apartments on East Nocturne Drive. Milliken was attempting to sell studio equipment to three men at the apartment complex. He was then robbed and shot in the head as he attempted to drive off.

He died a day later at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

"To go bury my baby is a memory that I wouldn't wish upon anybody," said Gardner. " It is something you would never get over."

Gardner said her son was a new father, and about to start a new job. He was selling the studio equipment to get money to buy construction boots and a tool belt. She described him as quiet, mild-mannered and very sweet.

"I feel that life has gone to waste and was taken for nothing," said Gardner. "He had a lot of potential in him."

Gardner said she keeps in contact with detectives from the Metro Nashville Police Department and know they continue to follow up on leads. She said she is hopeful someone will come forward with the information needed to put her son's killer behind bars.

"This is my baby," said Gardner. "His life was taken for no reason. He didn't deserve it."

Witnesses described the suspects as black men who were approximately 6' to 6'3" tall.  One reportedly had multiple tattoos on his face and the other had a tattoo under his eye. 

If you have any information on this case, you can call Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME (615-74-7463.


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