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Crime Of the Week: June 10, 2008

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A call to Crime Stoppers could help Metro police solve a murder in East Nashville.

Darryl Goldthreate was shot to death in December on Dellway Drive.

Police are trying to decide if the killing was retaliation for a prior crime.

Just two days after Christmas Goldthreate was gunned down in East Nashville.

Police said the killing happened just before 11 p.m. after Goldthreate left a friend's apartment at the Dellway Villa Apartments. He used a path to cut through from the apartment complex over to Dellway Drive.

"He was confronted by an unknown number of individuals and was shot. Witnesses in the area reported seeing a vehicle leaving the area," said Matthew Filter, a detective.

The witnesses gave police a vague description of the car and said it could have been a dark-colored Dodge.

People heard the gunshots and found Goldthreate lying in the street on Dellway Drive near Dickerson Road.

Paramedics rushed him to a hospital where he died.

"It is important that we get the people responsible for the victim's murder off the street.  They're very violent," Filter said.

Police said they don't know the motive for the crime, but it could have been retaliation. Goldthreate had a criminal past.

"At the time of his death he did have warrants outstanding for robbing some people in the Dellway Villa area.  We don't know if that is the motive for his death," Filter said.

If anyone has any information about the murder, call Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.

"These people need to realize that they cannot take the law into their own hands, and these people need to be brought to justice," Filter said.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for clues in the case. Callers will remain anonymous.

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