Daughter wants answers after her mother died 16 years ago

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WSMV) -Rutta Simon wishes she could spend this Mother’s Day weekend with her mother, Freweini Gebremicael.

“There’s nothing like your mother,” Simon said with tears in his eyes.

People in Nashville knew Gebremicael as “Winnie”.

On May 7, 2006, Winnie’s body was found in a ditch off Whitsett Road. She was shot and her body was set on fire.

“Whoever did this took a precious person away from me. He didn’t deserve it. What they did was wrong, “Simon said.

It’s been 16 years and Winnie’s killer is still free. Simon and his family ask for answers. They hope that investigators find the person responsible for Winnie’s shooting and killing.

“I really need the help of the community to come forward and help me solve this problem. I can’t do it alone. The family really needs justice. While we can’t bring her back, at least we can get justice for her and get some sort of conclusion about what happened, why and who did it, ”Simon explained.

On May 7, 2022, Winnie’s loved ones gathered in Richland Park for a wake for the 34-year-old whose life was cut short.

“We came to this country when I was young to chase the American dream and for it to end like this, it’s devastating,” Simon said she was two when she, her mother and brother moved to the United States from the East African country. , Eritrea. Winnie opened her own city coffee shop on Second Avenue after moving to Nashville.

There is a $ 11,000 reward offered to anyone who comes forward with information about Winnie’s death.

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