Mayor Rogero's Statement on Attack on Third Creek Greenway

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Eric Vreeland
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400 Main St., Room 654A
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Mayor Rogero's Statement on Attack on Third Creek Greenway

Posted: 05/04/2015
Below please see a statement from Mayor Madeline Rogero on the attack and death that occurred Sunday night on the Third Creek Greenway. The Knoxville Police Department has identified the victim as Stefany Fairbanks, and has charged Timothy Dwayne Ison with first-degree murder.

"I am shocked and deeply saddened by this brutal attack. My heart goes out to family and friends of Ms. Fairbanks. While the investigation is continuing, I want to emphasize that our greenways and parks are heavily used by thousands of people every week, and through the years we have had very few negative incidents of any kind.

The greenways are patrolled regularly by Knoxville Police, and we also do regular trail maintenance and brush clearance to increase safety and visibility. I understand concerns that might arise after this terrible incident, and Chief Rausch will increase the presence of law enforcement to further enhance security.

I certainly encourage everyone to continue to make use of our wonderful parks and greenways. As always, it is good to be aware of your surroundings, and it is safer to exercise with a friend.

I want to thank the witnesses who came forward immediately after the attack Sunday night, and our KPD officers who responded so quickly in apprehending a suspect."