Crime Of The Week: Aug. 12, 2008 - | Nashville News, Weather & Sports

Crime Of The Week: Aug. 12, 2008

Leif Brittain, who was shot to death at a car wash in June Leif Brittain, who was shot to death at a car wash in June
Picture of his family Picture of his family
Metro detective Brad Corcoran Metro detective Brad Corcoran
Leif Brittain Leif Brittain

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Crime Stoppers and a Nashville family are offering big money if anyone can help find a killer.

The tipster could earn up to $11,000 cash for information about the murder of Leif Brittain.

He was shot and killed at a car wash in South Nashville.

Police said only one person fired the gun, but others were involved and need to come forward.

It's been six weeks since someone shot and killed the 18-year-old at a carwash.

"The killing was senseless," said Leif's mother, Debbie Walters. "He took something from everybody."

The murder happened around 11:30 p.m. June 20, a Friday night

Brittain was at a car wash near Old Hickory Boulevard and Nolensville Road. 

"He was doing nothing wrong.  He was in the last bay," said Metro detective Brad Corcoran. "While he was washing his truck he was approached by a person or persons with a handgun in what appears to be a robbery."

Police said Brittain's cash and wallet were gone. Detectives have been collecting pieces of evidence to solve the puzzle.

"We do know there's a lot of vegetation, a lot of trees in the area that gave a lot of concealment and we feel like they were able to get through the tree line is where they came from," Corcoran said.

But they're still looking for witnesses or better yet accomplices.

"We know there was only one shooter," Corcoran said. "We feel like if this person was with the shooter right now if he comes forward and gives information we'll be able to work with him and he can remain anonymous at this point in time as well."

To stay anonymous accomplices and witnesses need to call Crime Stoppers.

"Whoever did this shooting is a danger to the community.  If they've done it once they may do it again.  It's important we take them off the street for this very reason," Corcoran said.

The search for more clues and the wait is difficult for Brittain's family, but they're hanging in there.

"That's the only thing that has helped me get through this. That he was loved, loved more than you know, more than you can see. And that he was happy. He was always happy," Walters said.

If anyone has have information about the murder of Leif Brittain call Crime Stoppers. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for clues in this case. Brittain's family is also offering an additional $10,000. So, someone could earn up to $11,000 if they can help police. The phone number to Crime Stoppers is 74-CRIME. Callers will remain anonymous.

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