Surviving family member seeks answers following triple murder
Jan 4, 2013 06:43 PM
Nakeeah Sullivan discovered her family had been brutally murdered on Oct. 22.
Patrick Sullivan, his wife Deborah and their 26-year-old daughter Wendy were found dead October 22.
Lorenzo Jenkins is charged with three counts of criminal homicide for murders.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
It's been almost three months since three family members were discovered brutally murdered at their west Nashville home.
Patrick Sullivan, 56, his wife Deborah, 48, and the couple's daughter, Wendy, 26, were found stabbed to death on the afternoon of October 22.
They were found by Nakeeah Sullivan, the victims' daughter and sister; Sullivan's five-year-old son was also with her when they discovered the gruesome scene.
"I found my sister in the bathroom, blood everywhere," said Sullivan. "I could not pick her up. I called 911, looked over, [and] found my mother with her throat slit and stabbed several, several times."
Sullivan told Nashville's News 2 she found her father inside a shed in their backyard.
All three victims had multiple stab wounds.
"They're all I had," said Sullivan. "We had a small family and they were tortured and murdered. It's been very hard to get those images out of my head."
She continued, "They waited until I left. I mowed a yard that day. I was the protector of the family and they waited until I left."
A knife and bloody fingerprints at the scene linked Lorenzo Jenkins, of Hendersonville, to the crime.
He is charged with three counts of criminal homicide and remains in the Metro jail without bond.
Investigators have said the murders were drug related and the Sullivans were selling marijuana and prescription pills from their home.
However, Sullivan told Nashville's News 2 she doesn't believe this is true.
She said her mother had prescription pills due to pain from almost two dozen surgeries.
Sullivan believes Jenkins befriended her family, doing odd jobs around their home, to get access to her mother's pills.
"They'd be talking to my mom at the table, looking through Facebook, out in the barn with my daddy. He [Jenkins] even sold him a couple lawnmowers," she said.
Sullivan also told Nashville's News 2 she thinks there are two other people responsible for her family's murders who have not yet been found.
"When I found them, there's no way one man can do this, because my family, we're fighters," she explained.
Sullivan said she's now raising her niece and nephew, along with her own two children, and keeps hoping and praying for answers.
According to Metro police, a white man and black man were seen separately at the Maxon Avenue home the morning of October 22, between 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Anyone with information on the murder is urged to contact police at 74-CRIME.