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‘I want him dead’: Grandma wants death penalty for man who allegedly shot and killed her 20-year-old grandson

LEBANON, Tennessee (WKRN) — A 20-year-old Lebanese man is dead and another 20-year-old is behind bars after a brutal murder in a Lebanese neighborhood on Wednesday afternoon.

The shots rang out on Wilson Avenue around 2.30pm. This is where police say 20-year-old Laquentin Hearn shot Dominic Cellucci Livingston.

When News 2 arrived Thursday morning, Sophie Livingston, the victim’s grandmother, was on the front porch crying. She sat under a large photo of her grandson in his Lebanese HS football uniform.

The woman was nearly inconsolable as she told News 2 how she called her grandson “my Dom” and he called her “Nanny”.

“I feel anger, pain. He didn’t deserve this,” Sophie said. “He was my baby, my whole world, and they took him, they just took him from me. He didn’t deserve this, he didn’t deserve to die.

According to Sophie, Dominic, 20, had just finished lunch on Wednesday afternoon. He was on the porch and everything seems fine. “We had a good day,” she recalls.

Then the grandmother of nine remembered hearing gunshots.

“I heard the shots – ‘bam bam bam.’ They took a child from me, they took my life, he was my life.

According to Lebanese police, a silver Camry with black rims was seen fleeing the scene. LPR cameras got a lead on the driver, later identified as 20-year-old Laquentin Raymond Hearn.

As police made their way to his home, investigators said, the young driver fled from officers and the chase began. Dashcam video showed the 20-year-old driving erratically on Hartman Drive entering I-40 West.

“…I know God wants me to forgive him. No. I will die and go to hell before I forgive this boy…”

Sophie Livingstone

At one point, investigators say Hearn was going over 120 miles per hour.

Before Old Hickory Boulevard, the murder suspect flipped his car and slid more than 100 feet onto the guardrail. Four other cars were damaged in the accident. Police say no other motorists were seriously injured.

Hearn fled the scene but was quickly caught by Mt. Juliet police and Wilson County deputies.

According to Lebanese police, the 20-year-old changed the look of his car, covering its black rims with silver hubcaps. He also changed out of black clothes, donning a reflective work vest.

Lt. PJ Hardy told News 2 the murder weapon has yet to be recovered.

Back home, Sophie Livingston said she didn’t know Laquentin Hearn, but she wants him to pay for what he allegedly did to her grandson.

“I want him dead. I want him to pay. It was a senseless murder. He is a murderer. I know God wants me to forgive him. No. I will die and go to hell before I forgive to this boy. He took my grandson’s life and he can live? I want the death penalty on him because he deserves it,” Sophie said.

She also told News 2 that she heard the young man had a falling out a few weeks ago.

Police told News 2 that the young men had known each other since school and the only pattern that emerged was an ongoing confrontation that has yet to be fully identified.

Laquentin Hearn faces charges of evading arrest, reckless driving, reckless endangerment and criminal homicide. He is being held in the Wilson County Jail without bail.

According to prison officials, prior to Wednesday, he had never been incarcerated in the Wilson County Jail.

Metro Police also reports that the 20-year-old has no criminal history in Davidson County.


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