Daughter fights for justice in mom’s 13-year-old cold case

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On Tuesday, a woman held a vigil hoping to bring new interest to her mother’s cold case. 

Back on March 7, 2006, Metro police said Freweini “Winnie” Gebremicael was found shot and burned in a ditch off of Whitsett Road. 

At the time, police said Gebremicael’s belongings weren’t taken. No one’s been arrested. 

“I think about who could do something so evil to her and why?” said Rutta Simon, Gebremicael’s daughter 

Simon said her mom came to Nashville as a refugee from Eritrea and owned a coffee shop on Second Avenue.

“She loved coffee.” 

Tuesday’s vigil was held at Richland Park. People wore orange, Winnie’s favorite color. 

Simon said it’s hard not to think about all the holidays and special moments her mom has missed. She said she tries to focus on her mom’s faith; which gives her the strength to fight for answers. 

“The killer or killers are still out there. We don’t know where they’re at. Who’s to say they’re not going to strike again? Justice needs to be served and we can’t fully rest until that happens.” 

Anyone with information about the case can contact our partners at Nashville Crime Stoppers. The number is 615-74-CRIME. You can remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward. 

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