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Unsolved murder has residents concerned

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GATES, TN (WMC-TV) - Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation need your help solving a six week old murder in Lauderdale County. 

Now, Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen is offering a big reward to put the case to rest.

Gates, Tennessee has a population less than 1,000 and this one unsolved murder has residents concerned.

"I feel safe...it's weird something like this would happen around here," said resident Brandy Smith.

On the first day of May, Jonathan Cannon was found shot to death in his apartment on 7th sSreet.     

The TBI, the Lauderdale Sheriff's Department and the District Attorney are all investigating, but right now they have no clue who killed Cannon. 

"We're somewhat perplexed by that," District Attorney Mike Dunavant said.

Because of the vicious nature of the crime, the Dunavant asked Governor Bredesen to put up a $10,000 reward to help solve the case.

"Multiple gunshot wounds to Mr. Cannon, a home invasion killing...very violent, very brutal," Dunavant said, describing the crime scene.

But despite the reward, there are still no leads in the investigation.

"I think its sad what happened, and you know I think if anybody knows anything, they should come forward because its kids out there suffering because they lost their father," resident Kristie Ward said.

"That's a lot of money, but I just don't know nothing about it," Smith added.

Investigators explored several leads in the case early on, but now say the trail is going cold.

"Mr. Cannon's girlfriend was present at the apartment when the event occurred," Dunavant said. "The TBI has questioned other witnesses and other people who may have info about the case."

"It's somebody out there that knows something, this town is small, too small...small towns talk," Ward said.

Neighbors hope someone will talk soon and give information that will solve this case.  Officials wouldn't comment on the motive in this case, but wouldn't rule out the fact that it could be gang related. 

If you have any information that could lead to an arrest, call 1-800-TBI-FIND.

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