A white guy stabbing to death three black women would be front-page news on every major daily paper left in America, with CNN/MSNBC and the major national affiliates (ABC/CBS/NBC) dedicating their nightly newscast to the tragedy and showcasing academics with dubious doctorates denouncing not just the white person who did the stabbing, but all white people across the nation as having a hand in the gruesome murder.
But that’s not what just happened in Tennessee. Instead, a black Muslim (possibly an immigrant or a refuge) stabbed three white women to death on a random Tuesday in April. It was barely news in Tennessee, causing barely a ripple across the nation.
Three workers stabbed to death at Tennessee truck stop, suspect shot and killed, WREG.com, April 7, 2020
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – A man who was shot and killed after fatally stabbing three women and injuring a fourth at a Tennessee truck stop early Tuesday has been identified by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
The suspect, Idris Abdus-Salaam, 33, was a truck driver from Durham, North Carolina.
The three deceased victims were all employed at the Pilot Travel Center on Strawberry Plains Pike. They have been identified as:
- Joyce Whaley, 57
- Patricia Denise Nibbe, 51
- Nettie R. Spencer, 41
The fourth victim, who was a customer and has not been identified, remains hospitalized.
The report of a stabbing at the truck stop at 7210 Strawberry Plains Pike in Knoxville was made just before 7 a.m.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirmed that three women were killed and a fourth was transported to a nearby hospital.
The condition of the hospitalized individual was unknown as of Tuesday afternoon.
The stabbing suspect, Abdus-Salaam, was shot and killed by law enforcement, TBI spokesperson Leslie Earhart said.
Officials say officers arriving on the scene first saw at least one person with stab wounds outside of the store. A man, armed with a knife and identified by witnesses as the suspect, was also in the parking lot.
Officers confronted Abdus-Salaam, who refused to drop the weapon. At some point during the encounter, one of the officers fired shots, striking him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.