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Ryan Trent's family pleads for answers 5 years after his killing

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Posted at 12:10 PM, Sep 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-28 19:36:29-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF)  — Ryan Trent was shot and killed on Ellington Parkway 5 years ago, and now his parents have increased the reward to $20,000 for information that leads to a conviction.

Trent's parents pleaded Tuesday morning for the public's assistance.

He was shot and killed on September 28, 2016, on Ellington Parkway near Briley Parkway. Trent was driving home sometime after midnight when a bullet went through his back window. His truck ran off the road and into a tree that fell onto his truck.

His parents, Sharon and Glenn Trent, have tried everything to get justice. They've paid for billboards and signs, but still don't have answers. They drive to the place he died frequently to maintain his memorial and cut the grass so drivers can see their sign.

"Our family has really suffered, greatly, and we desperately needed someone to come forward," Sharon Trent said. "The clues, in this case, are very small."

Sharon said her son called her as he was heading in for the night shift at Premiere Parking in Nashville. "He said, 'I love you momma' as he always did and then he hung up,” Sharon Trent said. “I’m glad I talked to him that day."

Ryan had turned his life around before he died. He was engaged to be married and had recovered from addiction. "Ryan went through hell to get off of those drugs, and he had accomplished that," Glenn Trent said.

Glenn said he'd been helping others get sober and shared his story at their church on Easter. "I feel like Ryan’s in Heaven right now," he said. "He’s in a better place than we are.”

Metro's cold case unit is investigating. Road rage is not off the table. If you know who killed Ryan Trent, call Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.