Jefferson County family wants answers after man dies in Nashville homicide

Ryan Trent (source: family)
Ryan Trent (source: family)

TALBOTT (WATE) – An East Tennessee family is searching for answers, five weeks after their son Ryan Trent, 29, lost his life in what investigators are calling a homicide.

They were originally told that he died in a Nashville car crash in September, but later learned he died from a gunshot wound to the head.

“I just want to know who did this. I want to look them in the eye and ask them why?” Sharon Trent, Ryan’s mother, said, with tears rolling down her face.

The family, along with Crime Stoppers and Premiere Parking, Ryan Trent’s employer, have since offered a cash reward totally $12,000 for any information leading to the person responsible for his death.

“I want justice, yes, but also I don’t want this to happen to any other family,” Brandon Trent, Ryan’s brother, said. “Nobody, nobody should have to go through this.”

His family said Ryan Trent died less than two months before his 30th birthday.

“When he walked in the room, he would light it up, just like a camera flash,” Glenn Trent, Ryan’s father, said. “Everybody knew he was there.”

The Trents said Ryan Trent was always smiling and never knew a stranger, which is why they cannot understand why he was shot and killed at the wheel while driving home from work Sept. 28.

“We are seeking any information from anyone who had seen that pickup truck run off the runway, or seen any vehicles following it, anything suspicious or out of the ordinary,” the lead investigator on the case said.

Sharon Trent said she hopes the reward money will bring someone forward who can offer some explanation as to what went wrong.

“This would give us peace of mind,” Sharon Trent said. “It wouldn’t bring him back to us but it would give us peace of mind seeing whoever did they pay for what they did.”

Though the family is still grieving their heartbreaking loss, they said some answered questions would help them move on.

“I think if we knew what happened, why it happened, I know I would sure quit waking up at night wondering why, dreaming why, spending every morning getting ready wondering why,” Brandon Trent said, fighting back tears. “It would just bring some closure.”

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