Saturday, January 14, 2023

The Murder of Katelyn Slivenski


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Katelyn Slivenski was only 24 years-old when she was tragically killed in June 2020. The young mother-of-two was living in Knoxville, Tennessee at the time of her death. Katelyn was shot and killed close to her home in the Western Heights neighborhood. 

Police were called around 7:00 AM on the morning of June 30th about an unresponsive female in the 1200 block of Better Tomorrow Drive. When first responders arrived, they discovered that the young woman, later identified as Katelyn, had been shot. She was pronounced dead on the scene.

Very few updates have been given about the investigation into Katelyn's death. In 2021, Katelyn's older sister Jessica Slivenski told reporters that several people had told her a similar story about the events leading up to the shooting. Jessica said that she heard Katelyn was out looking for help because she had lost power at her house and wanted to charge her phone. According to the report, Jessica was told "someone was going to let her sister charge her phone, but then a couple called her sister’s name, she went over to them and was never seen again." This is believed to be the last known sighting of Katelyn alive.

It's unclear if investigators have identified any of the people that Katelyn may have interacted with prior to her murder. Investigators have also yet to comment on what they believe might be a motive for the killing. Jessica believes that drugs might have played a role in her sister's murder, but this has not been confirmed. 

Knoxville Police are investigating Katelyn's case. If you have any information that could help the investigation, please call the Violent Crimes Unit at 865-215-7317 or send an email to

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