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Two brothers, 15 and 18, named as victims in Nashville mass shooting where six members of one family were shot

TWO teen brothers were among three people killed following a mass shooting in Tennessee.

Zacquez Sherrell, 18, and his 15-year-old brother Tavarius died, while their mom, 40, sisters, and younger sibling, 13, were injured after gunfire erupted at an apartment in Nashville on Friday.

Two armed suspects entered the property, according to a statement issued by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department.

Christian Akail Johnson, 29, believed to be one of the suspects who entered the home, was shot to death.

Cops did not provide any extra information about the second suspect.

The suspects apparently gained entry after knocking on the front door and neighbors said they heard rapid gunfire, according to WKRN.

Witness Marie Cheek told the outlet: “You hear pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow.

"It was so many people hurt that the ambulance had to try to find a way to turn around and get off the street. It was sad.

“You know, you're sitting there watching the game the day after Thanksgiving, you don't know what's going to happen next. And the way they were bringing them bodies out of the house, it was real sad.”

Family member Dejuantrez Sherrell shared several snaps of Zacquez and Tavarius online as he posted a moving tribute after the victims were identified.

He wrote on Facebook: “I wish I could hear yall say what up big bruddah one more time (sic).”

Zacquez was a big basketball fan and was looking forward to his prom, graduating high school, and going to college.

Meanwhile, Tavarius wanted to become an NFL player, according to a GoFundMe page created by his family.

His family said the teen was “quiet” but he was always willing to help.

Dozens of tributes have been paid to the teens on social media.

Responding to Dejuantrez’s post, one user said: “Praying hard for you and your family.”

Writing on Zacquez's Facebook page, another commented: “Rest in Peace to you and your brother young man. Condolences to your family.”

The four people, who were injured, were taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. They're expected to survive after suffering non-life-threatening injuries.

Three guns were recovered from the scene, according to police.

Cops say robbery is being considered as a motive for the shooting which remains under investigation.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the Sherrell family cover funeral expenses and hospital bills.

Nashville is located in Davidson County. Police data reveals there have been 491 gunshot victims, including homicides and injuries, in the county this year as of November 20, according to ABC.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call 615-742-7463.


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