Black Lives Matter mural in front of Austin-East High School
Knoxville shootings have shaken the Austin-East High School community
In recent months, the shooting deaths of four Knoxville teens have become the rallying cry for community members pushing for an end to gun violence.
27 JANUARY 2021 Justin Taylor, a 15-year-old Austin-East student, died Jan. 27 after police say a 17-year-old boy accidentally shot him while they both were inside a car. Investigators quickly arrested the 17-year-old on a charge of criminally negligent homicide.
12 FEBRUARY 2021 Another teenager, 16-year-old Stanley Freeman Jr., was fatally shot on Tarleton Avenue while driving home from school on Feb. 12. Two teenage boys, ages 14 and 16, have been charged with fatally shooting him.
16 FEBRUARY 2021 Janaria Muhammad, a 15-year-old freshman at Austin-East, was found shot outside the home where she lived on Selma Avenue, on Feb. 16.
10 MARCH 2021 Jamarion "Lil Dada" Gillette, 15, died after being shot March 9. A woman found him wounded on Cherokee Trail in South Knoxville, near the University of Tennessee Medical Center, and took the teen to that hospital. He died there early on March 10.
12 APRIL 2021 One unnamed Student shot dead by a Black Student.