The last time anyone saw Daniel Shields alive, he was smiling and happy, standing behind the counter serving drinks at Nashville's popular gay bar Trax. Sometime in the hours after he returned home from that shift though the 30-year-old was murdered inside the apartment he had just moved into near The Nations.
Three months have passed since Daniel's death, there have been no arrests in the case leaving his family and friends stuck in a strange sort of limbo as they hope for closure.
"One of our own was brutally murdered and we don't know why. We don't know who did it and that's what is frustrating," says bartender Cameron Clementz who worked with Daniel.
Trax is a bit off the beaten path in Nashville, just off Nolensville Pike near the fairgrounds. It's smoky, dive-bar type atmosphere now includes a picture of Daniel hanging on an inside wall. Cameron calls it their 'memorial wall.'
"I miss him every day. It's just sad to see Nashville's crime rate sky rocketing," he adds.
Those sentiments were shared by Daniel's sister Sharrie who spoke to NewsChannel 5 by phone on Monday.
"It's been hard, really hard because we don't have any answers, we don't know anything," she said.
Metro Police are still investigating Daniel's murder. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.