Father killed during crossfire at motel

By: Zach Crenshaw

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. - An innocent father was killed Monday night after getting caught in crossfire outside America’s Best Value Inn in Whitehaven.

>> Man dead after motel shootout in Whitehaven

Khandu Patel worked as a housekeeper at the motel, and also was staying there temporarily with his wife and son.

He was on the second floor balcony, getting ready to take a dinner break when a shootout erupted.


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“He finished his days’ work and was out walking around the property. Next thing you know he hears some gunshots flying around and one caught him in the chest,” said Jay Patel, the victim’s nephew.

“He didn't even make it to the hospital to be saved.”

Khandu Patel was a 56-year-old father of two.

He needed to just make it one more week before he was preparing to move with his family.
 
“They were ready to shift over to the Southaven area for another job. He was ready to get out of there,” said Jay Patel. “Just trying to put food on the table so he had to take what he had at the time.”
 
For the Patel family the loss is still surreal. Jay remembers his uncle as a hardworking father.

Detectives told the family Tuesday, multiple people know who killed their loved one.
 
“Witnesses know exactly who did this, but they are not being cooperative with the investigation and not coming forward,” said Jay.
 
It’s a common refrain at crime scenes, “bullets don’t have names.”

On a Monday night though, one took the life of Khandu Patel.
 
“You never know who I could be next. It could be me it could be you. It could be anybody,” said Jay. “So please just understand what we are going through and help us get justice.”
 
Memphis police said multiple suspects sped off in a newer silver Nissan Altima or Maxima.

If you have any information, you are urged to call Crimestoppers at 901-528-CASH.


 

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