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Family shares memories of 74-year-old man killed in south Nashville shooting

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Ruxin Wang, center, was in Nashville to visit his son. (WSMV) Ruxin Wang, center, was in Nashville to visit his son. (WSMV)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A family is waiting on an arrest after a 74-year-old man was shot to death while picking up the trash.

Ruxin Wang was a husband and father retired from the education bureau in China. He was visiting his son in Nashville when he was shot and killed Thursday afternoon on Claiborne Street.

On many days, people would catch Ruxin riding his bike through the area with downtown Nashville as his backdrop.

"My dad's a good man," said son Yun Wang. "We're a very close family. He's a loving father and a man with almost no words, but we felt his love."

In September, Ruxin and wife, Zhai Yongling, arrived to Nashville from Beijing for a visit.

"He loved this area when we moved here," Yun remembered. "It's so vibrant. He enjoyed it so much."

Yun said he wasn't home when his mother heard two gunshots outside the house Thursday. She'd never heard shots before. Panicking, Zhai searched for Ruxin and ran outside to find him near some trees across the street from her son's home.

"I saw him lying there," Zhai said, using her son as a translator. "He was breathless. He was lying there flat."

A neighbor told News 4 he tried to help Ruxin and spotted eight or nine young men in black hoodies and khakis running just feet away. Metro police believe the young men were headed in the direction of the J.C. Napier housing development. Police said they have strong leads.

Ruxin was rushed to Vanderbilt, but he passed away.

"It's senseless," said Yun. "It's just horrible. People should be caring. They should love each other. People don't get along, but we don't have to resort to violence. Too many people died this way. If they want money or something else, my dad will give it to them. My dad didn't fight. I don't think he would."

"My husband is a very kind person," Zhai continued. "He never fought. He's a gentle soul. I don't know how this could happen."

While an investigation continues, Yun said he wants people to know about his father, the man seen riding through the neighborhood so often.

"I don't know how to feel, really," said Yun. "We held hands last night. I held my mom's hand. We couldn't sleep. We just talked about dad, the good things my dad does for my family. He's always putting the family first. I never imagined it'd end up like this."

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