Friends mourn death of West Nashville man, police search for killer
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) —
Metro police are searching for a killer after a man was found dead inside his West Nashville apartment.
Police said 30-year-old Daniel Shields had been there for days before officers made the discovery in the Nations, a popular area in West Nashville with several new homes and businesses.
Metro police are asking people to keep an eye out for the victim’s 2002 red Chevy Trailblazer with Tennessee license plate 35299D.
It’s hard to find a picture where Daniel Shields isn’t smiling. His closest friends told FOX 17 News that he had a big heart and his alleged murder leaves them broken.
“He called me his mom,” Shields’ friend Angela Coleman said as she began to cry. “I was like his mom here. He was like a son to me.”
Angela Coleman said it was strange when Shields didn’t call her on her birthday, last Friday.
It was also out of character for Shields not to show up for a job he enjoyed. Shields worked as a barback and had been training to be a bartender at Trax in South Nashville.
“When he didn't show up Friday night, I said 'something's not right,'” Shields’ friend and boss Kimmie Satin said. “ And I just had a weird feeling in my stomach that something was definitely not right.”
Kimmie Satin is the general manager at Trax and said he called police to check on Shields.
Metro officers found the 30 year old dead inside his apartment. Friends said they last saw him leaving work at Trax on Ensley Avenue in Nashville at 9:30 p.m. on the Fourth of July.
“I can't imagine what his mom and sister are going through,” Satin said. “It's horrible. His mom's going through cancer and he told me he was sending money down there taking care of her.”
“You go through bouts where you're angry about it because this light has been taken out of your life and you don't know why,” Coleman said.
Metro police also want to know who took Shields’ 2002 red Chevy Trailblazer.
“Whoever did this I hope you pay dearly for what you did to that young man,” Satin said.
Coleman said Shields was like her own child and wanted to say one last thing.
“To just let my son know that I love him and I hope he's at peace wherever he's at,” Coleman said through tears.
The medical examiner is working to determine the cause of Shields’ death.
There is a vigil planned for Sunday, July 22nd at Trax located at 1501 Ensley Blvd, Nashville.