Tennessee Dad was killed in a road rage shooting on Christmas Day, and his wife wants to know why.
On Christmas Day, Chris Spaunhorst was driving home with gifts for his wife Stephanie and their five kids when a black sedan with chrome trim opened fire on his pickup truck, killing him.
On Christmas Day, a 37-year-old father of five in Tennessee was shot and killed on an interstate in what police think was a case of road rage. His distraught wife is now pleading with anyone who knows anything about the attack to come forward.
Christopher Spaunhorst’s blue Ford F-150 pickup truck was hit by several gunshots as he drove on I-24 West between the Shelby Ave. and James Robertson Parkway exits at noon on Sunday. Metropolitan Nashville Police Department says that the shooting killed the Greenbrier man in the end.
In a news release, the police said, “The shots that killed Christopher Spaunhorst came from a black sedan with chrome trim.” “The car may be damaged, but it’s not clear if the car hit Spaunhorst’s pickup truck or not. The shooting seems to have been caused by road rage.”
Police in Nashville say that after the shooting, Spaunhorst’s truck stopped along the median wall at James Robertson Parkway, while the sedan kept going west on I-24. When the Nashville Fire Department got the call about the crash, they found Spaunhorst at the scene with gunshot wounds. They took him to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he died soon after.
Stephanie Spaunhorst, who was married to Spaunhorst for 11 years and was his high school sweetheart, told the Nashville station WSMV-TV that her husband “was a great man.
She also said, “He was a great dad and a great baseball coach.” “Everyone loved him.”
Stephanie said that when the accident happened on Christmas Day, her husband was on his way home with gifts.
The wife told WSMV, “I feel like I can’t go on without him.” “My kids are devastated. His mother is very sad. I mean, I don’t know what I’ll do without him.”
Stephanie begged anyone who knew something to tell her. She said on WSMV, “If you know even the smallest thing, the smallest detail, if you saw his truck or anything else, reach out and tell someone.”
“He deserves justice. We deserve answers. He didn’t deserve to die like that,” she added. “I don’t think it’s fair for my kids to grow up without a dad.”
The police want anyone who knows anything about the black sedan or the person who fired the shots to call 615-742-7463 and talk to Nashville Crime Stoppers. If you call Crime Stoppers, you can stay anonymous and you might be eligible for a cash reward.
A friend of Stephanie’s set up a GoFundMe page to help the family. By Thursday afternoon, more than $19,000 had been raised.
The GoFundMe says, “Christmas Day was a terrible day for Stephanie and her children.” “A very bad case of road rage led to the death of Chris. It left Stephanie without her best friend and soul mate. It also left her children without a father, a mother without her son, a team without a coach, and our community without a good man.