Nashville murder victims remembered at vigil for unsolved murder week

Posted at 9:33 PM, Oct 06, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A vigil was held at a Nashville church to bring awareness to the unsolved murders in Nashville for the11th Annual Unsolved Murder Week.

The week kicked off with Tuesday night's vigil at Mt Carmel Baptist Church. Organizers from the group Partners In The Struggle Organization held a press briefing highlighting two unrelated, unsolved murders: the deaths of Montinez Johnson and Joey Ivory Johnson. Both were killed in the South Nashville area.

Organizers say 25-year-old Montinez Johnson was shot and killed July 26, 2014, after an argument with two men, when a third man came up and shot him.

And 31-year-old Joey Ivory Johnson was shot and killed on September 30, 2018, as he was walking to a vehicle in the parking lot of the Dollar General Store on Lafayette Street.

More than a year ago, Metro Nashville Police officials released a photo of a suspect in Joey Ivory Johnson's case. Police believe the gunman was waiting for Johnson to arrive at his friend's car and targeted him.

Montinez's mother described the heartbreak she faced and has continued to feel for the last six years.

Anyone with information about either murder was asked to call 615-74-CRIME.