Reward for information in killing of Nashville nurse increased to $16,000

Posted at 10:58 PM, Dec 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-09 17:47:33-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — An $16,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who killed Caitlyn Kaufman on Interstate 440.

A second anonymous local resident contributed $5,000 on Wednesday to the growing reward fund in the case. On Tuesday, an anonymous donor offered up a $10,000 reward in the case on top of the usual $1,000 reward offered by Crime Stoppers.

Kaufman was on her way to work when police say she was shot and killed in her SUV on I-440 in Nashville. Detectives say they do not yet have a motive or a suspect in the case.

They say she was killed between 6:05 and 6:10 p.m. Thursday and have urged anyone who may have been traveling on the interstate at that time and saw something suspicious to call police.

Anyone with any information on the case was asked to call Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.

A GoFundMe page has been set up. Click here for the link. She was a nurse at Ascension Saint Thomas. The hospital released the following statement about the loss of Caitlyn.

"Those who knew Caitlyn Kaufman witnessed the overwhelming compassion and kindness she showed for each person she cared for and worked alongside during her 2 years in Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital West’s ICU. Every life she touched was warmed by her smile and gracious spirit. Caitlyn loved her patients and was so proud to serve alongside the other selfless caregivers in her unit.

Our hearts and prayers go out to her family, friends, and her colleagues, as we all grieve her heartbreaking passing. This sentiment has also been reflected by Nashville’s healthcare community, citizens and other local organizations eager to donate various gifts to Ascension Saint Thomas in recognition of Caitlyn’s life as a compassionate caregiver.

Ascension Saint Thomas wants to express gratitude for the outpouring community support of our nurses during this difficult time. We would especially like to thank the local nursing community for their generosity and acts of kindness in supporting our ICU teams this week. In order to properly attribute any donations honoring Caitlyn at this time, Ascension Saint Thomas asks that you call 615-222-6224 to inquire about donation options.

As we continue to care for our community during this COVID pandemic the most important way to support our nurses and other frontline caregivers is by wearing a mask, washing your hands as well as social distancing."


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