Family and friends gathered to mourn the loss of their loved one after he was killed in a targeted shooting inside a business he owned.
South Nashville restaurant owner Gitem Demissie, age 41, was fatally shot overnight as he was preparing to close his business.
Metro Police responded to Ibex Ethiopian Restaurant in the 2500 block of Murfreesboro Pike after midnight, early Sunday morning, where they discovered Demissie who had been shot multiple times.
First responders transported him to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
"We were really broken," said Father Mesfin Tesemma, who leads the Ethiopian church where Demissie was an active member. "We didn't expect this to happen to him. He doesn't deserve to die like this. He is a very nice person."
Tesemma said Demissie was a hard-working businessman who was well-known in the area. Tesemma said he sometimes put in 16 or 17 hours a day at his businesses. [...] MORE