Vigil held on two-year-anniversary of murder victim’s death


On Wednesday night, a flashlight prayer vigil was held on the second anniversary of a murder victim’s death. 

On November 7, 2016, Metro Police say 24-year-old Denzel Tyler, was gunned down in his SUV — on between Claiborne Street and Charles E Davis Boulevard. 

“When I found out that it was real, I was very heartbroken, devastated and in disbelief.” said Cheryl White, Tyler’s aunt. 

Tyler’s family told News 2 that Tyler went to Middle Tennessee State University, was a hardworking man and loved his family and daughter. 

His mother, Rhonda White, was at the vigil – she shared amidst tears how hard the past two years had been without her son. 

“I’m so sorry that someone took your life like that…. and to leave you in the alley like you were a piece of trash….because you were not to us… the family or to the world.” said White 

The flashlight prayer vigil was led by Earl Jordan of the nonprofit, Partners in the Struggle.

Jordan said Tyler’s death is personal because he was raised in the J.C. Napier Housing district. He added that Tyler’s death is part of a tragic trend. 

“Really trying to do whatever we can to solve this unsolved murder….you know we’re having a lot of murders here in our city.” 

Police need tips to help solve this cold case. If you have information you can call our partners at Nashville Crime Stoppers. Callers remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward. Call 615-74-crime.

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