Police identify victim in fatal Pigeon Forge stabbing


PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WATE) – An 18-year-old is facing murder and assault charges after a woman was fatally stabbed at a diner in Pigeon Forge on Wednesday.

Gabriel Enrique Turcios, 18, of Sevierville has been arrested and charged with First Degree Murder and Aggravated Assault after the fatal stabbing of Savannah Burford at the Sunliner Diner in Pigeon Forge.

The Sevier County District Attorney General’s Office said Thursday that magistrate has set a bond for Turcios at $1 million.

Gabriel Enrique Turcios

Pigeon Forge police were called to the restaurant just before 9:00 p.m. Wednesday for a stabbing in the back parking lot.

Burford was transported by ambulance to LeConte Medical Center and was later flown to the University of Tennessee Medical Center where she passed away from her injuries.

When officers arrived, Turcios had fled on foot. He was apprehended a short distance away.

Turcios was arraigned Friday in Sevier County jail. His bond has been set at $1 million. A GPS order was added in case he was able to make bond. He will be represented by a public defender.

He is set to appear in court on March 6 at 9 a.m.

This is a developing story and we’ll continue to update the details as they become available.

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