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Memphis family hopes for justice after 9-year-old dies of fentanyl overdose

A Memphis family continues to grapple with the tragic loss of their 9-year-old daughter, who passed away two years ago due to a fentanyl overdose.

Kimberly Knox’s untimely death has left her family devastated, and they are now seeking justice for her. Kimberly’s stepmother, Shunderia Thomas-Knox, described her as a vibrant and energetic child with a mature personality beyond her years. Kimberly was affectionately referred to as her “bonus” daughter. However, her young life was tragically cut short.

According to Memphis police, Kimberly’s biological mother, Gabriel Norwood, discovered her lifeless in bed. Initially, the family attributed her passing to natural causes, never suspecting foul play.

The Shelby County Medical Examiner’s Office later determined that Kimberly’s cause of death was a fentanyl overdose, leaving the family shattered and struggling to pick up the pieces over the past two years.

Recently, Kimberly’s mother was indicted by a grand jury and subsequently arrested this week. She now faces charges of Aggravated Child Abuse and Criminally Negligent Homicide. Norwood’s bond has been set at $30,000.

Expressing a mix of emotions, Thomas-Knox conveyed her frustration with the bond amount, considering the precious life lost. She emphasized the importance of raising awareness about the case and ensuring that people understand the severity of the situation.

As Kimberly’s family seeks justice, they hope that her story serves as a wake-up call for others regarding the dangers associated with fentanyl. They desire that Norwood’s punishment, whatever it may be, serves as a deterrent and prompts individuals to exercise greater caution, as numerous lives, including those of children, are being lost to this drug.

Thomas-Knox concluded, “There are just too many people dying, too many kids dying. Maybe if they see that she receives a substantial sentence, it will make people more cautious. We need a change.”

Jake Massey
Jake Massey
Journalist at the Medialinker Group


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