Courtney Cash, the granddaughter of country music singer Tommy Cash, was stabbed to death Wednesday (3/19).
News reports from WSMV in Nashville state that Cash and her boyfriend, William Austin Johnson, were stabbed multiple times by an acquaintance following an altercation at Cash and Johnson's home in Putnam County. Johnson managed to escape with the couple's 20-month-old daughter, who was unharmed in the attack, and call 911. When police arrived at the house they found Cash dead, her body placed inside a large wooden box. The suspect was arrested and charged with first-degree murder. Johnson is at Vanderbilt Hospital, currently in stable condition.
Tommy Cash, the younger brother of the legendary Johnny Cash, issued the following statement on his Facebook page:
“We ask for your prayers for the Cash family at this time. Courtney and her boyfriend are beloved members of my family and like you we have a lot of questions and emotions that we are beginning to sort through today. We ask for you to respect our privacy and appreciate all the support that the public and media has always offered my family, as we handle the loss of my grand-daughter, pray for the father of my great-grand child and journey through the search for justice on this violent act. We are completely heartbroken. It is a time like this that we are grateful for our faith and trusting the loving guidance of God.”
Courtney Cash was 23.