Jillian Ludwig Obituary – Death: College student dies after being hit
A heartbreaking incident occurred near Belmont University, leading to the tragic loss of 18-year-old freshman Jillian Ludwig. She was struck in the head by a stray bullet while walking on a trail close to the Nashville campus. The shooting took place on Tuesday afternoon at Edgehill Memorial Gardens Park, as reported by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department. Despite the valiant efforts to save her, Jillian succumbed to her injuries during the night, as revealed by the police on social media Thursday morning.
The unfortunate shooting, stemming from a suspect firing shots at a moving car, resulted in Jillian collapsing immediately after being hit. However, she remained unnoticed for about an hour until a passerby discovered her and alerted the authorities. Rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in critical condition, the devastating incident highlights the ongoing impact of gun violence in the United States, affecting innocent individuals engaged in their daily routines.
Through the aid of video surveillance and witness accounts, the Nashville police were able to identify the 29-year-old suspect. During questioning at the police headquarters, he confessed to firing the shots and claimed to have passed the gun to another individual. Initially charged with aggravated assault and evidence tampering, the suspect now faces the possibility of additional charges as law enforcement collaborates with prosecutors following Jillian’s tragic passing.
The suspect, currently detained on a $260,000 bond for the existing charges, also faces a charge for failing to appear in court in connection with a September carjacking. The status of the suspect’s legal representation remains unclear at this time.
Prior to Jillian’s passing, Belmont University President Greg Jones sent an email to students, faculty, and staff, highlighting her active participation in the community and her deep passion for music. Pursuing a major in music business and excelling as a bass player, Jillian was renowned for her enthusiastic involvement in concerts, supporting fellow musicians, and using music as a means to foster connections with those around her.