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12-year-old girl brutally murdered in Goodlettsville; police believe she knew her killer

(Submitted to WZTV)

Metro Nashville Police pleaded for tips from neighbors to help solve the brutal murder of a 12-year-old girl in a Goodlettsville mobile home.

Yhoana Arteaga died from brutal blunt-force trauma in her mobile home at Hillview Acres last week. Police did not give details about her injuries but described the scene as 'brutal' and horrific.'

"I've never seen anything this brutal in my entire career," MNPD Sgt. David Kautzman said.

According to MNPD Spokesperson Don Aaron, Yhoana's last communication was with her mom. She texted her mom Thursday evening saying someone was knocking on the door.

Yhoana had been at home on crutches that day after she was injured in a skating accident. After the text, her family members arrived home around 6:45 p.m. to find her dead.

"Without being overly specific, there was blunt force trauma to her body and her clothing was in disarray," Don Aaron said.

Due to the location of the home and Yhoana's skating injury, police believe she knew her killer. There was no obvious forced entry into Yhoana's home.

Police stayed at the mobile home for hours to process the crime scene with extreme detail and placed the investigation as high priority. Metro Officers said the 911 calls for Yhoana's death are being held as evidence and will not be released.

Police spoke in English and Spanish to try to encourage anyone with information to come forward about Arteaga's death. View the full news conference in Spanish below.

Anyone with information should call the Emergency Communications Center at 615-862-8600 or Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.

The Go Fund Me "Friends of Yhoana" described her as "kind, polite, caring, fun, intelligent, and beautiful she will be remembered as a wonderful daughter and great friend to all who knew her."

Her school, Liberty Collegiate Academy said the community is heartbroken over Yhoana's death.


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