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Vigil Honors Man Killed In Nashville Sunday

Vigil Honors Man Killed In Nashville Sunday

CREATED Feb 24, 2014

by Emily Luxen           

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Family and friends of a man shot to death in Nashville are speaking out, and said they want the violence to stop.

Monday evening family members of Gregory Leon Johnson, also known as Pee Wee, gathered at the location where he was killed.  They celebrated what would have been his 26th birthday by releasing balloons and lighting candles in his honor.

Metro police reported Johnson was shot near Joseph Avenue and Grace Street around 10:30 p.m. Sunday. He then drove his vehicle down Joseph Avenue and crashed through a fence on Salvation Army property on Dickerson Pike.  The car stopped after it struck a concrete wall. Johnson was pronounced dead at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

His family said he was loved by many, and it is frustrating and saddening to see his life cut short.

"We are grieving," said Bonnie Shinault, Johnson's Sister-in-law.  "We want people to understand what we're going through.  It's so senseless that we keep losing all our children and loved ones from this senseless violence."

Metro police are also investigating whether Johnson's death and another shooting on the same night could be related.

Around 2:15 a.m. Monday, Police said 19-year-old Daresha Cole, of Antioch, was found shot to death inside a teal PT Cruiser.

Detectives have since learned Cole and Johnson were friends. A vehicle similar to the description of Cole's PT Cruiser was seen in the vicinity of Joseph Avenue and Grace Street around the time Johnson was shot.

Anyone with information on the shootings were asked to call Crime Stoppers at (615)74-CRIME. Tips can also be sent to Crime Stoppers by texting the word "CASH" along with the message to 274637 (CRIMES) or online at www.nashvillecrimestoppers.com.

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