Tullahoma, Tennessee, – is reeling from the devastating loss of Katrina Blackburn, a beloved member of the community and an alumna of Coffee County Central High School. Katrina’s passing, which occurred on Thursday, September 14th, 2023, has left a profound void in the hearts of her loved ones.
The heart-wrenching news of Katrina’s death was officially announced by a family member on Friday, September 15th, in a poignant social media post. The post, which asked for prayers for Alfred Blackburn, Katrina’s father, contained a somber plea for justice. The family revealed that Katrina leaves behind her 9-month-old baby girl, underscoring the profound tragedy of her untimely passing.
According to the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department, law enforcement responded to a report of a gunshot on Thursday, leading to the discovery of Katrina Blackburn’s lifeless body. She had suffered what appeared to be a fatal gunshot wound. The investigation that followed resulted in the arrest of James Garrett Lyon II, a 27-year-old man, who now faces charges of reckless homicide and felon in possession of a handgun.
Debra Holland Self, Katrina Blackburn’s cousin shared her sorrow in facebook post. She said:
“Asking for prayers for my cousin Alfred Blackburn in the loss of his daughter Katrina Blackburn. She leaves behind her baby girl 9 months old. She didn’t deserve this and I pray justice is served.💔”
The couple, Katrina and Lyon, were in a relationship, and their shared journey had also blessed them with parenthood to their 9-month-old daughter, as evidenced by Katrina’s social media profile.
As the community grapples with this tragedy, they await the upcoming court date for Lyon, scheduled for September 28th, while he remains in custody under a $125,000 bond. The investigation into the circumstances surrounding Katrina Blackburn’s passing is ongoing, and authorities have urged anyone with information about the case to come forward and assist in the pursuit of justice. Coffee County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Brandon Gullett is the point of contact for those with relevant information, as the community strives to find answers and ensure that justice is served for Katrina and her grieving family.