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'She didn't deserve it.' Nurse's mother asks for help from community to find her daughter's killer

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Posted at 2:24 PM, Dec 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-07 23:41:51-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF)  — Diane Kaufman, mother of Caitlyn Kaufman, spoke during a Metro Nashville Police press briefing, asking for the Nashville community's help to find her daughter's killer.

Kaufman, an ICU nurse, was on her way to work at St. Thomas West Hospital when she was shot and killed on Interstate 440. Her shift at the hospital was set to begin at 7 p.m.

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According to police, a Metro Parks officer saw a Mazda SUV on the right shoulder of the road against the guard rail of I-440, between the Hillsboro Pike and West End Avenue exits.

That officer stopped to help, assuming the driver had crashed. Inside the SUV, the officer found Kaufman.

Homicide detective Chris Dickerson said her vehicle had been shot at least six times between 6:05 and 6:10 p.m. Kaufman was hit in the left shoulder area, which according to a medical examiner was fatal within 15 seconds, leaving her no time to call 9-1-1.

Police have not yet determined a motive or a suspect, and Detective Dickerson said they are not ruling anything out at this point.

If you were traveling in the area of I-440 between Hillsboro Pike and West End Thursday night, between 6 and 6:30 p.m., and think you may have seen something it's very important you give police a call at 615-742-7463.

A gofundme page has been set up. Click here for the link.

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