NASHVILLE (WSMV) - Police say a man stabbed and killed his grandmother inside their East Nashville home overnight.

Xavier Lavender, 24, was arrested and charged with criminal homicide.

News4 has learned he was employed at the Eastland Kroger store.

Police responded to the home on S. 10th Street around 10 p.m. Thursday and found Gwendolyn Lavender dead from multiple stab wounds.

In a statement, Metro Police said Lavender initially claimed that an unknown assailant was responsible and that he was hit in the head during the attack. He was taken to Skyline Medical Center to be checked out before being brought to the East Precinct for questioning. Investigators said it was then that Lavender's story became inconsistent with evidence at the scene, and he ultimately admitted to stabbing his grandmother over what he said were lingering issues between the two.

The 68-year-old grandmother worked for the Metro Nashville Police Department as a school crossing guard outside Kirkpatrick Elementary.

Lavender is being held in lieu of $800,000 bond.

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Kara is an Emmy Award-winning digital producer. She is a Cincinnati native and an alumna of the University of South Carolina. She previously worked at WRDW-TV in Augusta, Ga., before moving to Nashville five years ago to work at WSMV-TV.


Rebecca Cardenas is a Murrow-award winning journalist who joined News4 as a reporter in September 2017. She currently covers the court systems in Middle Tennessee.

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