Friends and family of Courtney Cash, who was murdered last March, gathered Monday in Cookeville to remember her life and make a statement.
On what would have been Cash’s 24th birthday, loved ones released balloons and looked to heaven in her memory.
“This is an unexpected, horrible tragedy that no family should have to go through,” said her sister, Cara Cash.
In March, Cash was stabbed multiple times before being stuffed inside a box during a brutal attack inside her Baxter, Tennessee, home, about 100 miles east of Nashville.
“We need people to know she laid [sic] in the box for 24 hours,” her friend, Rachel Dixon, told News 2.
“Nobody deserves to die in that fashion,” said another friend, Tammy Hoag.
Cash’s boyfriend, Austin Johnson, was also injured during the attack, but was able to escape with the couple’s young daughter, who was unharmed.
Wayne Masciarella was charged with first degree murder in the case.
As friends and family wait for justice, they also remember the young woman who touched their lives and how, today, would have been a day of celebration.
“For the 23 and a half years your mom had, you were light of her life,” Hoag said. “We miss you. Everybody miss you.”
Masciarella is being held in the Putnam County jail without bond. His next court date is for November.
- July 17, 2014: Hearing pushed back for accused killer of Johnny Cash’s niece
- April 23, 2014: Boyfriend of Johnny Cash’s murdered great niece testifies in court
- March 26, 2014: Boyfriend of murder victim told to stay away at burial
- March 26, 2014: Suspect in Putnam County stabbing pleads not guilty
- March 25, 2014: Funeral set for murdered great niece of Johnny Cash
- March 19, 2014: Great niece of Johnny Cash stabbed to death, stuffed in box