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Police launch homicide investigation as friends mourn for murder victim

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - Police are investigating after Daniel Shields was found dead inside his West Nashville home during a welfare check Tuesday. 

Metro police went to the home in the 5100 block of Delaware Ave. around 5:30 p.m. 

Officers said 30-year-old Daniel Shields was apparently dead for days. Shields' employer called police after he did not show up for work for several days. 

Police said the medical examiner is working to determine his cause of death. 

Authorities found his 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV that they believe was taken from the house. It was recovered from the Knights Inn Motel on Bell Rd. and is being processed at the crime lag.

Detectives say Shields was last seen at 9:30 p.m. on July 4 leaving the Trax bar at 1501 Ensley Boulevard. 

Friends of Daniel Shields say he didn't have an enemy.

He's remembered as being a hard worker with a quirky personality, who will be missed by many. 

Kimmie Mayfield tells News 2 Shields moved to Nashville several years ago from Florida. He says Shields worked at a car lot, as well as Trax bar in south Nashville where police say he was last seen. Shields helped work a cookout at the bar on the 4th of July.

The discovery of Shields' body has left those in the LGBT community heartbroken.

"It's really sad to think if maybe someone did something to him being gay. In the day and age that we are in now, I would hope to think that's not what happened, but you never know but it's just truly sad. He would give the shirt off his back and he was worried to death about his mom and his sister because his mom is going through cancer," said Mayfield. 

Trax will be holding a cookout, vigil and show on the 22nd. They hope to raise money to have Shields' body sent back to Florida. 

Anyone who sees the Trailblazer or has any information on Sheilds' death is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463


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