Monday, March 20, 2006

La Hacienda owner murdered in home, wife survives

The Tennessean reports in this article that Nashville resident Aureliano Ceja was murdered in his home Saturday night in an apparent robbery attempt. His wife Teresa Ceja survived the attack. The Cejas own and operate the La Hacienda restaurant on Nolensville Road.

The Metro Police department is improving its policing skills by reaching out to Hispanic Nashville, according to this article today in the Tennessean. Until the Ceja murder, the most heinous crime to hit a Hispanic family in Nashville was the murder of a young mother and her three-year-old daughter, which Metro Police appear to have solved with recent arrests, according to two recent articles in the Tennessean (here and here).

update March 21, 2006: In the wake of the Ceja murder, the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce* is circulating a petition for improved cooperation between the Hispanic community and police, according to this article in the Tennessean.

*There are two Hispanic chambers of commerce in Nashville: the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Tennessee Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

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