NASHVILLE, Tenn.- The family of a south Nashville man murdered in July is offering a reward tonight for information about his murder. Shorish Faraj was shot and killed outside of an apartment in South Nashville.
Shorish ‘s brother said his family is offering a $5,000 reward for information about the case. Shorish and his family came to the United States more than 15 years ago, fleeing northern Iraq to find peace and prosperity.
“At that time in Iraq there was a brief civil war between two Kurdish political parties and also Sadam was attacking the Kurdish safe zone,” said Sherwan Faraj, Shorish’s brother.
Like many other Kurdish families the Farajs’ migrated to Nashville. Now, more than 15 years later the family’s sense of peace and well being is gone. In July Sherwan’s younger brother Shorish who is also known as Kareem was gunned down and killed outside his girlfriend’s apartment in South Nashville. Shorish’s girlfriend was also shot, but she survived. Police don’t have enough information to bring Shorish’s killer to justice.
“We feel like people have information out there, but for whatever reason they’re not sharing it at this point,” said Chad High a Metro Police Detective.
Investigators said Shorish had ties to the Kurdish Pride street gang, although his family disputes that claim. His name has even appeared on a court injunction obtained by Metro Police to stop members of the KPG from meeting in a particular area of South Nashville. Police don’t think the injunction has anything to do with the murder.
“Shorish or Kareem, some people called him Kareem. He was targeted. This wasn’t a random act. He was targeted for a reason,” said Detective High.
Police say when they find out why they’ll be able to find his killer.
If Shorish was a gang member it’s new to Sherwan. He says he never heard his brother speak about Kurdish Pride.
In the meantime, Sherwan is on a mission. He has been making flyers and placing ads in newspapers to spread the word about his brother’s murder. Sherwan said their mother has taken Shorish’s death very hard.
“Yeah, she goes to the cemetery. She tries to go to his grave probably 4 or 5 times a week,” he said.
Sherwan says it’s her way of grieving and dealing with the loss of a son. His therapy is helping police any way he can find his brother’s killer. In Iraq the Faraj family knew the enemy. Here in Nashville they don’t have any idea who it is.
“That is the paradox. We escape Iraq to come here to get a sense of justice to get away from crimes and here we are my brother is shot down. There’s no justice. The police haven’t caught anyone. We don’t know who to call a suspect,” said Sherwan.
Witnesses saw a gray or silver Chevy Impala with a spoiler leave the area right after the shooting outside the apartment complex on Paragon Mills Drive
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