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Police release sketch of suspect in prison guard's murder

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

When a prison guard was killed outside her home over the summer, it appeared she was the victim of a robbery, but her sons wonder if their mother was the target of something far more sinister.

Dalia Gutierrez-Sanchez, 43, was shot Aug. 24 outside her apartment at 371 Wallace Rd. in south Nashville.

Authorities said she was approached by a gunman after parking her car outside her apartment building just after 10:30 p.m.

Now, police have developed a sketch of the man wanted in her murder.

The suspect is described as a black male in his early 20s, approximately 5'8" and weighing approximately 150 lbs. Investigators believe at the time of the murder, he wore tight fitting blue jean shorts and a blue-green hooded sweatshirt with unkempt hair worn over to one side.

Her family is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case, and her sons say they are not sure if the crime had any connection to her work at the Riverbend state prison.

"I just want everybody to know where it happened, here at Longwood Apartments on Wallace Road," said son Lee Sanchez. "We have a $10,000 reward that we are posting everywhere.

We're just trying to find out who did this."

Police said the investigation is churning along, but so far there has been no arrest in the August shooting of Dalia Gutierrez-Sanchez.

The 43-year-old mother of three was returning home from work on Aug. 24 when she was shot three times. The killer took her purse. Police said it appears robbery was the motive.

However, Gutierrez-Sanchez was a correction officer with the Tennessee Department of Corrections. Her family said they don't have proof, but they wonder if her job had anything to do with her murder.

"We still don't know if it had to be work-related," said son Joshua Sanchez. "We don't know if it was personal or just a regular robbery."

Metro police said they are following up on every lead. Right now all the leads are pointing to a tragic, random crime.

"I know the family is wanting an arrest. So do I," said Metro police Detective Danny Warren.

"Sometimes these things take awhile to come together."

Gutierrez-Sanchez's twin boys said they have patience, but it's their mother they're missing, and their first holiday season without her doesn't make it any easier.

"We don't want it to become a cold case," said Lee Sanchez. "We won't stop. We'll never stop."

Metro police are hoping anyone recognizing the suspect from the composite sketch or who has information about the shooting to call Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.

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