KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The Knoxville Police Department is investigating after a man was found dead on a greenway in the 4th and Gill neighborhood.
The man has been identified by police as Dorian Bluford, 33. Officers said he was from Houston, Texas.
Knoxville Police Department said they received a call at around 9:53 p.m. from a man who lived on Leonard Place. The man said he heard a man yelling for help near the greenway which is attached to First Creek Park.
Officers searched the greenway. They located Bluford’s body with what appeared to be multiple stab wounds.
Bluford was found stabbed to death on the eve of his 33rd birthday. He was moving to Knoxville from Houston, Texas. His plane landed at McGhee Tyson Airport six hours before he died.
“I know it’s real but I’m still in a state of disbelief,” Arthur Motts, Bluford’s brother, said. “It’s something that you don’t want to accept because it was someone who was so near and dear to my heart. It’s going to take a while.”
Friends and family said that they are heartbroken.
“Dorian was a people’s person,” Motts said. “He was the life of the party and he was a genuine friend. He was someone that you could count on. He always had the right answers.”
Sandra Bluford, Dorian Bluford’s mom, said she found out her son was moving to Tennessee through a Facebook post, later learning that Dorian Bluford had a friend in Knoxville who paid for his one-way plane ticket and promised to help him find a job.
Dorian Bluford told others, like his brother Arthur, that he was moving for a job.
“I feel that there had to have been someone he was going to meet,” Motts said. “It had to have been someone he felt comfortable with to just up and move to Knoxville. It had to have been someone knew and someone he trusted.”
No arrest have been made in the case so far, but loved ones are hopeful police will find the person responsible.
“That justice is served for who did this,” Motts said. “Just to capture this monster.”
Sandra Bluford said her son’s body will be transported to Monroe, Louisiana, where he grew up, and the family is planning a funeral service to be held next week.
Residents disturbed by stabbing
Knox County Trustee Ed Shouse walks the greenway regularly and says it’s always been a safe place to visit.
“It’s disturbing,” he said. “I’m shocked. I might bring my dog next time I come here.”
Eric Brittain, who lives near the crime scene, said the incident makes him feel less safe.
“I’ll make sure to if I’m riding my bike around here to ride a little bit faster and be aware of my surroundings,” Brittain said.
Knoxville Police Department Deputy Chief Kenny Miller said the public is not in danger and the Knoxville greenways are safe.
“This was not a random act of violence. We don’t think anyone’s in danger by being on greenways or at the parks,” Miller said. “We want to reassure the public that. The greenway had nothing to do with the crime itself. It’s just where it happened to take place.”
Still, the stabbing death is leaving many people in North Knoxville feeling uneasy.
“I know a lot of people living around here and I would consider it very safe,” Shouse said. “I’m just shocked and I hope they find the perpetrator.”