Murfreesboro police have identified the two men who were found shot to death in a parking lot outside a Murfreesboro Walmart store late Wednesday night.
The bodies were discovered just before midnight by a shopper, but police believe they went unnoticed in the busy parking lot near Old Fort Boulevard for quite some time.
“We believe the suspects and the victims met in the parking lot,” said Murfreesboro police spokesman Sgt. Kyle Evans. “During that meeting, we believe there was gunfire, where both of our victims were found dead.”
Officials identified the victims as 19-year-old Andre Chesterfield and 19-year-old Latre R. Lillard. The two men were cousins, police said.
Chesterfield was a standout football player at Oakland High.
“He was a great student, very smart,” said Oakland football coach Thomas McDaniel, who coached Chesterfield. “He was successful in the classroom and on the football field.”
A man who only identified himself as Mike said he was sitting in his van around the time of the shooting.
“I heard several pops, and I looked up and saw people running around a car. I thought it was a joke or something,” he said.
He found out what exactly happened when police came knocking on his car window.
Investigators are not sure about a motive, but they are not ruling anything out.
“Anytime you have shots fired in the city it’s dangerous for bystanders and innocent people,” Evans said. “This time it resulted in the death of two individuals and we want to find out who’s responsible for that.”
Police were able to identify a possible suspect vehicle: a blue four-door sedan – possibly a Chevrolet – with the back windows on both sides shot out.
“On a cold day like this, it should stand out,” Evans said.
Shoppers are now worried about their safety.
“Actually, being shot close to the head or in the head, that’s even scarier,” Tiffany Givens said. “It just makes you think and watch your back.”
Why two 19 year olds met such tragic ends is a mystery to McDaniel, who got to know Chesterfield and his family on and off the field for four years.
“That’s not anything for me to speculate,” said McDaniel. “I’ve been talking to players and trying to console them, give them someone to vent to.”
Anyone who has information about this case or may have seen the getaway car should call police at 615-893-1311.