UPDATE: There has been an update to the case here: Daniel Shields Murdered; Decomposing body found inside ‘bloody apartment’; BOLO on vehicle
Daniel Shields, 30, was found dead late Tuesday evening inside his home on the 5100 block of 51st Avenue in West Nashville. Shields moved to Nashville approximately five years ago from Avon Park, Florida, with high hopes for a fresh start after came out to family and friends, and felt disowned by some. According to friends he constantly struggled to find his way in life, but was well liked in Nashville’s LGBT community. Late Tuesday night, friends were remembering him on social media, and telling stories of their great memories, often at Trax, his favorite hangout, describing him as “great guy and friend”, and “a real sweetheart”. East Nashville City Councilman Brett Withers expressed he was “so sorry to hear this tragic news”. Shields recently worked at B.B. King’s in Nashville.
His body was found during a welfare check, conducted by Metro Police. Early reports are this his car was missing from the scene, and that foul play may be suspected. The exact manner of death has not yet been released, and crime scene tape surrounded the area as of this publication on Tuesday night, as the investigation is ongoing.