KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs issues the following statement on the recent shootings in East Knoxville.
“My heart grieves for the Austin-East community and I struggle to find the words to express my sorrow. At times like this, we must remember what happens in any part of Knox County, including the City of Knoxville, impacts all of us. This violence against our children is horrific, tragic, and it cannot be tolerated. Knox County stands in support of these families and will work with Mayor Kincannon and our entire community to seek answers.”
The statement comes after three shootings of students at Austin East Magnet school within the last month.
A 15-year-old girl and Austin East Student was shot and killed on Selma Avenue Tuesday night. Last week 16-year-old Stanley Freeman, Jr. was shot and killed leaving school near Austin East Magnet High School. Late last month, 15-year-old Austin East student Justin Taylor was shot and killed by a friend.