Vigil held for Nashville teen found dead in abandoned home
April 7, 2011 10:56 PM CDT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A vigil was held for a Nashville teen that was found dead in an abandoned home earlier this week.
The vigil for Kendrya Davis was held Thursday night at 7 p.m. and will begin at Bud's Hardware & Key Shop and continue to the home where Davis' body was found early Sunday morning.
Davis, 18, was reported missing last Wednesday after family members said she never returned home from meeting a friend at the Music City Central bus station downtown on March 28.
Her body was found around 4:30 a.m. Sunday in a home located on Cass Street in north Nashville.
Police told Nashville's News 2 trauma signs on the teen's body indicate she was a victim of homicide and they are pursuing leads in the case.
"This [never should have] happened," mother Beverly Sutton said, adding, "The hardest part is I'm having to bury my baby, that's the hardest part."
The 18-year-old's body is the second that has been found in the Nashville neighborhood in recent months.
Neighbors told Nashville's News 2 they need help from the city of Nashville to help tear down homes abandoned homes that help contribute to crime, drug abuse and murder.
"There are a lot of young girls coming up dead in these abandoned houses out here," Sutton said.
Councilperson Erica Gilmore said the city of Nashville has to make sure they are doing their job because if not the city is failing the north Nashville community by not making sure the houses are up to code.
"The infrastructure is not in place to allow citizens to have a good quality of life that they deserve," she said.
Sutton said despite a change in the infrastructure isn't going to bring back her daughter, she is hopeful it could prevent another family from going through the same tragedy.
"It must stop. It has to stop sometime," she said.
Davis' death is still under investigation.
A donation fund for Davis' family has been set up at area Sun Trust banks.