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Crime Of The Week: Jan. 5, 2009

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Imagine what it must be like to witness a murder - especially if you're only 6 years old. 

That's what happened to a little girl when she witnessed her mother being shot to death.

Metro police are still searching for the killer and detectives are asking for help from the public.

The murder happened in middle of the night on Nov. 7.

Tameka Vines, 30, and her two children lived in the MDHA Vine Hill housing development on Magnolia Road.

Detectives said someone came to their home at about 3 a.m. and knocked on the door.

Vines' 11-year-old daughter told her mother and went back to bed. Vines opened the door.

"She apparently knew this person well enough to allow them inside her residence.  We feel the victim and the suspect knew each other," said Metro detective David Achord.

Later in the morning, the 6-year-old daughter found her dead mother. The sisters ran to a neighbor's home to call police.

Police said Vines was shot to death.

"We are unsure of the motive at this time. We have not found any evidence that would indicate that the victim had been involved in any altercation or problems with any other individuals," Achord said.

If anyone has information that can help police solve the murder of Tameka Vines call Crime Stoppers.

"This was a murder that occurred for no logical reason. This lady was for all intensive purposes an innocent victim," he said.

The number to Crime Stoppers is 74-CRIME. If the information leads to an arrest and prosecution, the caller could earn up to $1,000 cash. Callers can remain anonymous.

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