Sunday, April 11, 2021

The Murder of Aseal Iysheh

The evening of June 11th, 2020 began as a regular Thursday night for Aseal Isyheh. The 24-year-old was seen at a BJ's Food Mart in Knoxville, Tennessee around 9PM that evening. Around 9:15, while at the store, Aseal sent a text message to her sister saying that she was hungry. Nothing seemed unusual about that text exchange. However, mere minutes later, Aseal was dead. She had been shot to death in the store's parking lot.  

Around 9:30 PM, Knoxville PD responded to a call about the shooting. Once they arrived at the BJ's Food Mart, they found the gruesome scene in the parking lot. Aseal had suffered from numerous gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead on the scene. There were reportedly numerous witnesses who saw the shooting, but many had fled before police arrived. The shooter also fled the scene and has still not been caught. 

Throughout the investigation, it was revealed that Aseal had allegedly been assaulted in the same parking lot just weeks before her death. She told police that her assailant was a 44-year-old man she was dating at the time. Police have not revealed this man's name, but they did reveal that he was in jail on the evening of Aseal's death. As a result, he has been ruled out as Aseal's killer--however it is unclear if investigators believe he might have somehow been involved in another way.

Although investigators have not formally identified a suspect, they did state that Aseal was shot by a man. Through some witnesses, investigators learned that Aseal and the man had gotten into an argument before she was subsequently shot. There were many other witnesses on the scene who have yet to come forward with information. 

There is a monetary reward for anyone with information that leads to Aseal's killer. The reward has been raised numerous times in hopes of providing incentive for a witness to speak up. At this time, the reward is $50,000. If you have any information that could help the investigation, please call the Knoxville police department's crime hotline at 865-215-7212.

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