It’s been just over a year since the bullet-riddled body of a young woman was found in a convenience store parking lot in East Knoxville.
A year of questions, but no answers. No arrests. No closure of any kind.
It’s an all-too- familiar tale these days, in Knoxville and in cities around the country. Homicide rates have been climbing higher and higher, and an increase in slayings means an increase in the number of slayings that don’t end with the guilty parties being held accountable.
The family of Aseal Iysheh, however, is hoping that a $50,000 reward might help police find the person or persons responsible for her death.
“The family …. with assistance from private entities, has increased its reward offering to up to $50,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for her murder,” KPD spokesperson Scott Erland said Friday, the one-year anniversary of her death.
Aseal was only 24 years old when she lost her life in the parking lot of BJ’s Food Mart, 2310 E. Magnolia Avenue, around 9:30 p.m. on June 11, 2020.
“Aseal was found deceased in the parking lot from multiple gunshots,” said Erland. “Witnesses described the suspect as a black male wearing a hoody. Investigators have reason to believe there were numerous additional people who were in the parking lot at the time of the incident and witnessed the shooting, but those individuals have yet to come forward with any information relevant to the investigation.”
He continued: “While investigators are continuing to pursue any and all active leads, there have not yet been any suspects arrested or charged in connection to her death.”
Last year was the city’s bloodiest since police began keeping records on local crime. There were 37 homicides in Knoxville in 2020, two more than the previous high of 35 in 1998.
Anyone with information regarding the shooting or the person or persons responsible for Aseal’s death is asked to contact Investigator Jason Booker at 865-215-7320 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CORRECTION: This story has been corrected by removing a sentence that contained inaccurate data on KPD’s homicide clearance rate in 2020 that was published on the agency’s website.
Published on June 14, 2021