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Crime Of The Week: July 1, 2008

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A car chase in South Nashville leads to the murder of one of the drivers.

The shooting has baffled Metro police for more than two years.

The man's family is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

The victim's mother hopes the extra reward money will finally help catch her son's killer.

Someone killed Antonio Ralston on May 22, 2005.

Now, his family pleads for someone to help them find the murderer.

"I just need to sleep at night.  I haven't slept for three years, and my family we all need some closure," said Ornita Freeman, Ralston's mother.

Police said Ralston was driving a black Chevy Caprice down Artelia Drive when another car fell in behind him.

"On Artelia Driver there was some shots fired out of the white vehicle and one of them went through the back window and struck Antonio," said Metro Police Sgt. Joe Winter.

Ralston drove a short distance before his car went off the road and stopped.

Paramedics responded to the call and opened the driver's side door to find Ralston unconscious.

They rushed him to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

"We believe there was more than one person in the white car that was pursuing Antonio the night this happened," Winter said.

The car that was chasing Ralston was described as white, possibly Mercury Marquis.

Police believe some of the passengers in the suspect's car may not have intended to be part of the shooting.

"We need to get both sides of the story. What was going on inside the car and what we know happened later?" Winter said.

If anyone knows anything about the car chase or the murder of Antonio Ralston on Artelia Drive Crime Stoppers wants to hear from you.

"Please call Crime Stoppers. Whatever. Do the right thing.  Do what God would tell you to do," Freeman said.

If anyone has information that may help police solve this crime or any other crime in Nashville call Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.

Callers may remain anonymous and could earn up to $1,000 cash in addition to the $5,000 offered by the family.

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