Bedford County resident Keri King, 29, was one of the finest people Jeff Boyce ever knew.
She didn’t deserve to die the way that she did, because of the actions of an alleged illegal immigrant, said Boyce, who lives in Cannon County.
As The Tennessee Star reported, Omar Edgar Torres-Rangel drove drunk last month and killed King as she drove home from Murfreesboro.
Boyce said he feels sadness. He also has rage.
Sadness because a woman he called “an angel” no longer walks the earth. Rage because Torres-Rangel escaped from law enforcement. Rage, again, because King’s surviving family members say law enforcement won’t give them any answers.
“One minute I’m so angry I can’t even explain how angry I am, and it makes me so sad I want to cry,” Boyce told The Tennessee Star Tuesday, before his voice broke and he started sobbing.
Boyce said wants to lobby members of the Tennessee General Assembly to act to make sure nothing like this happens again in Tennessee, although he did not specify how they could do that.
“I will spend every penny I’ve got to run a damn front page ad in every paper in this state right before election time and I will tell Keri’s story,” Boyce said, as a warning to any state legislator who won’t help.
Boyce, who said he raises livestock, said the most important thing to know about Keri is this — if Torres-Rangel had killed someone else, and if Keri was still alive, she’d pray for him and his family.
“Some people are too forgiving for their own good, and she was one of those kind of people,” Boyce said.
Justice for Keri
At a young age, Keri already knew about tragedy.
When she was young her parents died.
And when Keri, a hairdresser, spent time with her peers she was always the responsible one, Boyce said.
“If any of them wanted to drink then Keri was always the designated driver that drove them wherever they were going to do whatever it was they were going to do,” Boyce said.
Keri left behind an older brother and sister.
According to multiple sources, Keri was still alive when LifeFlight came to the scene of last month’s crash.
“The paramedic said they were loading her up. They put an oxygen mask on. She pulled the oxygen mask down,” Boyce said.
“She said, ‘Make sure that you tell my sister that I love her,’ They said she then died immediately.”
As The Star reported, earlier that evening, Torres-Rangel left a Mexican rodeo in Bell Buckle called Rancho Le Herradura while he was apparently intoxicated.
One Bedford County commissioner wrote a letter to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, complaining about alleged drug deals, prostitution, gambling, and human trafficking that goes on there.
Torres-Rangel was reportedly injured in the accident he caused. Members of the Tennessee Highway Patrol reportedly transported him to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
As reported, what happened to Torres-Rangel afterwards is unknown. He is no longer a patient at Vanderbilt.
District Attorney Robert Carter, meanwhile, refused to answer The Star when asked if he knows Torres-Rangel’s present whereabouts.
For his part, Bedford County Sheriff Austin Swing said Torres-Rangel is not in the county jail.
For Keri’s family, this is just too much, Boyce said.
“People say her older sister is broken because of this. I’m mad. I’m ready for the family to get mad. I’m ready for Keri to get justice,” Boyce said.
And what happens if the powers-that-be don’t provide any answers?
“That’s simple,” Boyce said.
“We hound them, hound them, hound them.”
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