Grandson accused of stabbing grandmother to death in Nashville home


    Gwendolyn Lavender and grandson Xavier-accused of her murder-PHOTO Metro Nashville Police

    NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Metro Nashville Police have charged a 24-year-old with criminal homicide for stabbing his 68-year-old grandmother to death inside their 10th Street home.

    PHOTO: FOX 17 News

    Police have identified the victim as Gwendolyn Lavender, who worked for the Metro Nashville Police Department as a crossing guard for Kirkpatrick Elementary.

    According to the arrest affidavit for suspect Xaveir Lavender, he told police his grandmother had been stabbed and he had been hit in the head by someone unknown during a home invasion.

    Investigators found the woman suffering from multiple stab wounds and Lavender suffering from a cut to his head.

    After receiving treatment for the cut, Lavender was interviewed by police who say his statements did not match up to the crime scene. During the interview, police say Lavender ultimately admitted to killing his grandmother.

    The affidavit states Lavender's grandmother tried to call police but he continuously stabbed her to drop the phone. He also told detectives where they could find the murder weapon.

    Metro Nashville Police took to Twitter on Friday following the loss of a co-worker.

    "The MNPD mourns the loss of our co-worker, school crossing guard Gwendolyn Lavender, 68, who was killed last night by her grandson. Her colleagues describe Ms. Lavender as "a very sweet lady"..."a great soul to be around"..."she kept the kids at Kirkpatrick Elementary safe." -Metro Police Twitter

    Officers were dispatched to the home Thursday night around 10 p.m. Lavender has been charged with criminal homicide and was booked into the Davidson County Jail on $800,000 bond.

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