The parents of 11-year-old Sienna Owens, a sixth grader who the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said was shot and killed by her 12-year-old classmate on Friday, spoke exclusively to News Channel 5 on Tuesday.
“We just want there to be a thorough investigation.” Danny Owens, Sienna’s father said. “We believe the Sheriff’s Department in Franklin County will do a good job.”
Sienna Owens was at her 12-year-old classmate’s house on Friday in Estill Springs when a 20-gauge shotgun fired off in the garage and hit Owens in the upper left area of her back.
First responders performed CPR on Owens until medical personnel arrived and transported her to Southern Tennessee Medical Center.
Dara Currie, Sienna Owens’ mother, was shopping when she heard the news. “I knew it was something bad.” Currie recalled about hearing the news. “When I went in there (the hospital), I just shook her and shook her and tried to wake her up. She was in a puddle of blood and I could see her little hazel eyes, her lids were covering. I knew it was real then.”
Sienna’s father said his heart sank when he received the call. “You can’t even stand, you just have to sink to the ground, try to pull yourself together.” Danny Owens recalled. “Words can’t describe it.”
In the days since the tragedy, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has continued their investigation, which will eventually be handed over to the District Attorney’s Office to determine whether any charges will be filed.
While one family has lost a loved one, they have gained support from the community.
“It has given strength where there wouldn’t be a source of strength anywhere.” Danny Owens said, adding that people as far away as Ireland have reached out to the family to send well wishes and prayers.
The family said on Tuesday they hope their daughter will be remembered for the wonderful girl she was, volunteering on her time off, always helping others, and striving to live her life to the fullest.
The funeral for Sienna Owens will be held on Wednesday at 3 p.m. with burial services at Franklin Memorial Gardens.