NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The family of the man who was fatally beaten downtown says he was a veteran. Nicolas Christian, 30, died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center Sunday.
“He was kindhearted,” said Mike Christian, his uncle. “He’d do anything. Take his shirt off his back and let you wear it.”
Christian said his nephew served in the army for two years.
Christian was experiencing homeless and had been staying at the Rescue Mission prior to his death.
According to detectives, Christian was involved in fights with “several individuals” Saturday morning. During one of the fights, officers say Christian was knocked to the ground and continuously punched, perhaps while unconscious, until a witness intervened.
Metro police were then called to Second Avenue North and Commerce Street around 3 a.m. Saturday and found Christian with critical injuries.
Christian was rushed to Vanderbilt where he later died.
Metro police shared surveillance camera images and asked for help identifying the people in the photos. Monday afternoon, investigators say they had identified and questioned all the men in the photos. They are from Middle Tennessee.
“He was a loving, good caring nephew,” said Mike Christian. “I’m disappointed about what happened. It’s a tragedy.”
Officers also have reason to believe people took cell phone video and/or pictures of this deadly fight. Anyone with access to these photos or videos, or who can identify the people in the surveillance images, are asked to call police.
Tips can be made anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.