Aspiring singer fatally stabbed by coworker at 50’s-style diner: Report

A 19-year-old woman is dead after her co-worker allegedly stabbed her to death at a diner in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

WATE reports that Savannah Burford, 19, was fatally stabbed Wednesday behind the Sunliner Diner, where she worked as a waitress. Her co-worker Gabriel Enrique Turcios, 18, of Sevierville, has been arrested and charged with her murder.

According to the WATE report, Burford was talking to Turcios in the parking lot of the 1950’s -themed diner when the suspect began stabbing her. Burford’s mother Julia Cutter reportedly witnessed the fatal stabbing.

“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,” Cutter said.

According to the report, Burford had moved to East Tennessee with her family members in November. She reportedly loved to sing but was very shy, and the job at the diner was helping her come out of her shell. Her brother told WATE he hopes people will watch some of the songs she recorded on her YouTube channel. 

The full circumstances of the fatal stabbing and a motive remain unclear, though a WATE report and a GoFundMe campaign page indicate that Turcios had been fixated on Burford.

The suspect is being held on $1 million bond.

This is a developing story. CrimeOnline will provide further details when more information is available.

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