Candlelight vigil honors teen shot, killed in East Nashville


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Nearly a week after an 18-year-old was shot and killed in East Nashville, his friends and family gathered for a candlelight vigil.

Metro Police said Samuel Calvert was shot multiple times last Saturday on Rosedale Avenue in an apparent targeted shooting.

His loved ones came together Friday night to remember the teenager known as “Jordan.”

“Somebody took my baby from me. He took a brother away from people. He took a friend, a grandson, a nephew, a cousin,” Barbara Portwood, Calvert’s aunt said.

Portwood was Calvert’s aunt; she raised him and considered him to be her son.

“No mother should ever, nobody should ever suffer this. We [adults] should go first.”

According to police, witnesses revealed Calvert was talking to two people around 6 p.m. last Saturday before the gunshots were fired.

“I walked back there and saw my baby laying on a table,” Portwood explained. “There was no joy in his eyes. There was no smile on his face. He was gone.”

Calvert managed a local pizza shop and his grandmother said one night, he bought a homeless man a hot meal from his store.

“He brought so much joy to people, and he was taken away. I want justice. I want whoever did this to go to prison,” Portwood said.

Detectives have not provided a detailed suspect description and said the motive is under investigation.

Calvert’s family hopes this tragedy can be a lesson to others: “they think they wanna be all ‘hard’ these days. Picking up a gun, loading it and shooting somebody is not hard. The hard part is when that bullet hits somebody and the people that love that person. That’s hard.”

Calvert’s memorial service is Saturday at 11 a.m at 4030 Cedar Circle General Baptist Church.

Anyone with information on Calvert’s death is urged to contact Nashville Crimestoppers at 615-74-CRIME.

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