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Crime of Week: May 13, 2008

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Anton Irvin Anton Irvin

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Crime Stoppers needs the public's help solving the murder of a man in North Nashville.

The man was killed in Hadley Park at 1 a.m. in March.

Metro police said surveillance cameras may have captured evidence that might solve the case.  

On March 28, a camera captured the images of a van following a car into Hadley Park.

Anton Irvin was driving the van. He'd followed the car into the parking lot after celebrating his birthday earlier in the night.

"Apparently he'd had some friends with him and went downtown to a club," said Dean Haney, a Metro police detective. "Sometime after he stayed at the club he left that location and went to another location."

Police said Irvin's van and the other vehicle arrived at the park at approximately 3:35 a.m.

Nothing appears to happen for about three minutes. Then the car drove away with its lights off at a high rate of speed.

Witnesses heard gunshots and called police.

"We actually got a call about a subject being shot at Hadley Park," Haney said.

Officers found Irvin on the ground next to his van.

He had multiple gunshot wounds. Irvin died a short time after an ambulance took him to a nearby hospital.

Police said Irvin's family would like some closure.

"They would love to know who actually did this and have this person arrested and convicted for this horrendous crime that happened," Haney said.

Witnesses tell police the car that drove away from the crime scene had a very loud knocking sound in the engine.

Police said the vehicle appears to be maroon and may have tinted windows.

Police said Irvin had a criminal past.

He'd been arrested for selling cocaine, but police are not sure if drugs played a part in his murder.

Anyone has information that can help police solve the murder of Anton Irvin call Crime Stoppers.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for clues in this case. The phone number is 74-CRIME.

Callers will remain anonymous and will only be identified by the code number police issue you.

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