Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Burford victim was from Newport
The Pigeon Forge Police Department confirmed Monday that a young woman who was stabbed to death in that city on January 8, was a resident of Newport. The department had not previously released the hometown of the victim. Chief Pigeon Forge Detective Matt Pendelton said Savannah Burford, 19, and her family moved to Cocke County from Michigan in November 2019. Burford was employed at the Sunliner Diner as a waitress and as she left work was approached by a fellow employee. The co-worker Gabriel Enrique Turcios, 18, of Sevierville, was talking to Burford in the parking lot when he allegedly stabbed the victim. Burford was talking to Turcios in the parking lot of the 1950’s -themed diner when Burford’s mother, Julia Cutter, witnessed the fatal stabbing. The mother told police, “When I got there, she couldn’t even scream when that guy was stabbing her. That’s how fast he did it. She didn’t even scream. Bond has been set at $1 million for the defendant who is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated assault. Turcios will be represented by a public defender at his preliminary hearing which is scheduled for March 6 in Sevier County General Sessions Court. The defendant allegedly admitted to stabbing Burford, and told police he had been thinking about stabbing her for days. And police say the attack was captured on security cameras at the diner.


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