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Police arrest teen boy for teen girl's murder in East Nashville

(MNPD)

Metro Police arrested a 17-year-old boy on Thursday for the deadly shooting of a 16-year-old girl in East Nashville earlier this month.

Officers arrested Antonio Gordon-Jenkins for the Oct. 8 shooting of Deberianah Begley in the James Cayce Homes. He was charged at Juvenile Court with criminal homicide and is being held in detention.

Friends and family mourned the loss of Debrianah, who was killed while trying to take cover from gunfire in East Nashville. Police said Gordon-Jenkins was with a group of young men when he shot at a another group in the courtyard.

“Firearms in the hands of juveniles all too often lead to heartbreaking tragedy,” MNPD Chief Steve Anderson said. “I ask that all parents, guardians and other influential adults work with us to help keep guns out of the hands of minors on the streets. Parents or guardians who have an unwanted firearm in the home can call 615-862-8600 and make arrangements to surrender the weapon to a police officer.”

Begley, who was sitting on her front porch, was struck while trying to take cover.

“Why did they do this to my baby,” Mother Tika Begley said at a vigil earlier this month. “That's my only daughter."

Spike in violence

In a statement, Mayor Megan Barry said she is committed to working with the community and the police.

“While there are no easy answers to the issue of gun violence that has taken far too many lives in Nashville, I remain committed to working with the community and the MNPD to do what we can to help prevent future tragedies like this from happening again," Barry said.

“This is at least the second, if not the third Stratford High School student murdered on this street,” Metro Councilman Brett Withers said in an interview last month. “Metro Council has worked with MDHA to install more security in the area. We also worked on a memorandum of understanding with MDHA to basically contract for additional police patrols on foot to have more of a presence in the area.”

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