$11,000 reward hopes to bring answers in North Nashville road rage murder


Family members hope a reward brings new urgency on Friday to solve a the road rage murder that took a 36-year-old man from his family.

Christopher Sparks' family launched a new effort they hope will lead to justice.

Sparks was killed on Ed Temple Boulevard in North Nashville, where police said he got into an argument with another driver, who then shot him and left the scene.

“Trust me, our hearts are broken,” said Jim Sparks, the victim’s father. "Our hearts are broken."

On Friday, the family talked about the unsolved case at the Metro North Police Precinct. They made an emotional plea for anyone with information on the suspect to come forward.

“I could go on and on about all the ways I miss Chris,” said mom Sandra Aslup, “You never stop grieving. It will be forever.”

That's why the family said it pains them that his killer has never been caught.

“This is terrible, but I've thought about 'would he be mad at us for not finding who did this to him," said his brother Jason Sparks. “It's terrifying to me that after a year, in broad daylight, on a busy road, that this could happen and nobody has come forward or said anything.”

Police identified a suspect vehicle, a silver Chevy Impala, but no suspect and only a few leads. It's frustrating for the family and investigators.

Now the Sparks family has raised a $10,000 reward, adding to the $1,000 reward already being offered from Crimestoppers.

"Our goal right now is seeing if there is somebody out there that will come forward,” says Sandra Aslup.

Police do believe the vehicle came from Metro Center, and then onto Rosa Parks before it encountered Sparks.

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