Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Murder or Accident, 19-year-old Northeast Nashville Kid is Dead

Posted By on Tue, Dec 16, 2008 at 11:31 AM

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Trevino Rawlings and Quvando Beddingfield

On Saturday night, Trevino Rawlings, 19, was playing with a pistol in the Charter Village Apartments on Rio Vista Drive. Police say they weren't drinking or anything like that. Rawlings handed the pistol to 18-year-old Quvando Beddingfield. The circumstances haven't exactly been nailed down yet, but Beddingfield pulled the trigger, shooting Rawlings in the mouth. He died from the wound.

Like me, you may be wondering why it's being investigated as a homicide. Sounds like two dumb kids playing with a gun that accidentally discharged. Involuntary manslaughter or reckless homicide at best. And that could actually be true. But if these guys were friends, that friendship had limits.

Here's why it's now considered a homicide: Beddingfield and several others present at the shooting hauled Rawlings' body into a red Chevy Impala, where paramedics and police found him after a neighbor called 911.

Beddingfield was sentenced to three years in prison in September for a felony aggravated assault. Rawlings received four years in 2007 for reckless homicide.

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