The family of a gay man who was brutally stabbed to death in West Nashville this week are urging the Metro Nashville Police Department to investigate the murder of 24-year-old Deon. L. Brown as a hate crime.
Officials said they found Brown’s body around 6:30 a.m. Monday near a fleet of trucks in the parking lot dressed as a woman. Police say he was stabbed multiple times.
Deon’s closet friend believes it was a hate crime.
“The way that he was murdered would make me think that it was a hate crime. It makes me feel that you had nothing but hate in order to take the life in the manner that you did,” said Charity Everett.
Police say they are following leads and the search for the murder suspect has expanded into North Carolina.
“He took him from us. He took him from us, this wasn’t an accident, he took him, and it’s just a sad situation that my sisters going through right now,” said Hill.
“A mother who now has to deal with the loss of two sons. Deon’s brother died in a tragic car crash, and now she’s lost a second son, all in just 6 months,” reports WTVF. “The family is hopeful that the killer will be captured, and bring justice for Deon.”
“I want this person to know that we are going to get you we are going to get you,” said Hill.
Detectives said they were pursuing strong leads. They asked anyone with information on the case to call Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463 or West Precinct Investigations at 615-862-7385.