Police Investigating Lonsdale Murder

By: Rob Pratt Email
By: Rob Pratt Email

Knoxville (WVLT) - Police say they know who is responsible for a deadly shooting in Lonsdale, but they are still trying to catch him.

Volunteer TV's Rob Pratt is following the story.

Tray Jamar Sherman, 23, died at the hospital after being shot twice in his front yard.

Knoxville police trouble began earlier in the day with an incident involving Sherman and the suspect's relative.

"The victim had gone back to the house and he confronted by the suspect. They discussed an issue, an argument erupted and apparently the suspect at that point pulled out a gun and shot the victim," said Darrel DeBusk with the Knoxville Police Department.

Police emphasize that what happened was not a random act.

They say victim had a long criminal history, including convictions for drug possession and a pending cocaine charge.

But, Connecticut Avenue resident Carol Lewis says just knowing that a man shot someone and then ran down the street where she lives is troubling.

She says after years of dealing with crime, people in the neighborhood have learned to keep their eyes open.

"I watch for other things like the neighbors' houses and stuff like that. It's just I think the neighbors should watch out for each other more than they do," says Lewis.

While police are not saying much about the man they believe is responsible for the shooting, they say he is local.

And they say they may have him in custody soon.

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  • by d Location: SC on Mar 31, 2008 at 10:41 AM
    My cousin didnt deserve this. He was a great guy. I didnt even get to talk to him before this happend. From what i see, the kid that shot him was a coward. Why shoot a man in his back? I hope Deeric McAfee gets burnd n bammed in prison where he belongs. 18 y/o committing a crime like this, did he have any home training?
  • by Amanda Location: Maryville on Nov 27, 2007 at 12:00 AM
    You know what i find truly upsetting. I get on the computer everyday, buy a newspaper everyday to see if there are any updates on trays murder and not one time has there been. I don't understand it. They update on dogs and all kinds of other things. It seems to me they are treating his violent death like its no big deal because he had been in trouble. They definately didn't forget to report that part about him. But just because he did what he felt he needed to do to take care of his family it doesn't mean he doesn't deserve the same respect as any other person. I would like to see updates on his murder to. Not just the Johnia Berry story and the other murders they keep reporting about. Show him the same respect. We deserve just as much as the other families do. His past has nothing to do with his death. I want to know a murder trial date so i can look the MURDERER in the eye.
  • by Amanda Location: Maryville on Nov 26, 2007 at 11:08 PM
    Reena, I was happy to hear that you guys want to get to know lil tray and myself. I sent you some pictures. I hope you enjoy them and i hope to hear from you soon.
  • by Reena Location: New York on Nov 24, 2007 at 01:46 PM
    Amanda, please contact me. Trays real father would like to get to know you. my e-mail is reena.beatty@gmail.com
  • by Amanda Location: Maryville on Nov 14, 2007 at 04:52 PM
    For you tray: If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane i would walk right up to heaven and bring you home again. No farewell words were spoken, No time to say goodbye, you were gone before i knew it and only god knows why. My heart still aches with sadness and secret tears still flow. What it meant to love you, No one can ever know. But now i know you want me to mourn for you no more. To remember all the happy times life still has in store. Since you'll never be forgotten, I pledge to you today, A hallowed place within my heart is where you'll always stay. RIP Your son tray and i will always love you and never forget you. To trays family back in S.C and his true friends and family. I'm truly sorry for your loss and pray god is with you everyday. We loved him dearly!! Love amanda and tray.
  • by Amanda Location: Maryville. tn on Nov 14, 2007 at 04:47 PM
    R.I.P Tray!! From your son, tray. And the comment on trays past drug charges has absolutely nothing to do with what kind of person he was. I met tray shortly after he moved here from S.c. We were together for over a year and he was the most loving kind person i ever met. Our son tray is my living memory of a wonderful person. I will never forget the times he shared with my family and myself. He was loved dearly and will always be missed. For everyone who TRULY knew him. Please never let his memory die.
  • by amanda Location: maryville, tn on Nov 14, 2007 at 04:40 PM
    Tray was a wonderful person and a very good father to our son. We loved him very much and he will be missed. Violence in Tenn is getting out of hand. And i wonder if our children are safe anymore. I pray that justice will be served on the monster who did this to him.
  • by R.I.P. Cuzzo Location: Williston South Carolina on Oct 10, 2007 at 08:47 PM
    "They say victim had a long criminal history, including convictions for drug possession and a pending cocaine charge" Who says that? that dont have nothing to do with my cousins murder. Its past. Your trying to make it seem as he deserved what he got. No one deserves death. My cousin may have done things on the side, but he did it to survive and take care of his family. Love Ya Tray!!!!
  • by slim Location: knoxville on Oct 9, 2007 at 05:29 PM
    I think its wrong when the police dont give you a name,because that person could be in somebody house or just talking to them and dont even know that they killed somebody.Why do they do it that way.
  • by Baby Momma Location: Knoxville on Oct 9, 2007 at 04:33 PM
    I want to thank WVLT for reporting the correct information. He did not live in that neighborhood and the young man who shot him has taken a fahter away from his children.


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