Family of airport hotel gunshot victim seek justice

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The family of Tarrance Martin, 28, are pleading for justice after Martin was fatally shot outside an airport hotel on Sunday evening.

On Monday, Metro police said they were pursuing solid leads in the case, but no arrests have been made.

“He was just a good person to take as he was taken. It’s the worst pain a mother can go through,” Christina Scribner, the victim’s mother, said as she fought back tears.

Scribner is still grappling with what happened after Tarrance was shot outside the Somatel Nashville Aiport hotel.

“Is he okay? Where was he shot? Why was he shot? Who shot him? are just some of the questions Scribner asked after receiving a call that Tarrance had been shot.

Tarrance was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he died of his injuries.

“I was like God, please don’t […] that my brother is okay because we were always so close when we were kids, he was like my son,” Tarrance’s sister Kayla Martin said.

Metro Police reported that Tarance had backed her car into a parking space, when the driver of a silver SUV pulled up in front of Tarrance’s vehicle, pinning it down. Tarrance got out of his car, and that’s when the argument took place, before the SUV driver retrieved a gun and fired several shots at Tarrance.

” It does not fit me. I don’t eat, I don’t want to drink, I don’t sleep, I just want them off the streets because my brother isn’t well and he won’t come back. He didn’t deserve this,” Kayla explained, holding back tears.

The family told News 2 that at the time of the shooting, Tarrance was with his brother in the car, and they believe he shielded him in order to protect his brother from the gunfire, calling Tarrance a hero.

Now the Martin family is devastated and demanding justice, as they remember all the good times with the family.

“It was all about family. He loved wrestling since he was a little boy. Hulk Hogan was his hero. He loved the Tennessee Titans even though he knew mom didn’t love him,” Scribner said. “Devastated. They haven’t taken the guy who did this into custody. I don’t know if they have any leads but I just want justice for him, he was a good man.

The family set up a GoFundMe to help with funeral costs.

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Metro Nashville police are actively searching for the shooter. They ask anyone with information to call CrimeStoppers at (615) 74-CRIME.

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