Marsha Blackburn Cites Tennessee Tragedy in Defending Wall Along Mexican Border

Republican U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee has weighed in on the case of an alleged illegal immigrant who killed a man in Knoxville in a head-on car crash.

Blackburn said border security is a priority.

As The Tennessee Star reported, authorities charged Franco Cambrany Francisco-Eduardo, 44, with criminally negligent homicide, not having a driver’s license and failure to have proof of financial responsibility (having no insurance). The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has a hold on him.

Francisco-Eduardo, of Oak Ridge, is accused of killing Pierce Corcoran, 22. The Knoxville Police Department said Francisco-Eduardo’s Chevy pickup hit Corcoran’s Honda Civic, causing a chain reaction.

Corcoran and passenger Jade Adams, 21, were transported to UT Medical Center, where Corcoran was later pronounced dead.

Blackburn made her remarks about the case on FOX & Friends Monday.

“It is devastating. And, of course, we grieve and mourn with these families that have lost loved ones to illegal immigration,” Blackburn said.

“And every time I meet with an Angel Mom, my heart just breaks. And this is why every town’s a border town and every state’s a border state until we secure that southern border.”

Blackburn also said President Donald Trump is “so right” to demand $5.6 billion in border security funding, including money for a border wall. The fight over that border wall has prompted a partial federal government shutdown.

No one in Blackburn’s office responded to The Tennessee Star’s request for comment on the case of Edgar Torres-Rangel.

As The Tennessee Star reported, Torres-Rangel, an alleged illegal immigrant, drove drunk last month in Bedford County and killed a woman named Keri King.

As reported, officials with the Tennessee Highway Patrol worked the crash scene. Torres-Rangel sustained critical injuries. Authorities transported Torres-Rangel to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

Torres-Rangel later left the hospital on his own. His current whereabouts are unknown. The TBI has him on their 10 Most Wanted list.

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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star. Follow Chris on Facebook. Email tips to [email protected]







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One Thought to “Marsha Blackburn Cites Tennessee Tragedy in Defending Wall Along Mexican Border”

  1. Josh Read

    Now Chapman Highway where Pierce Corcoran was killed.
    Doesn’t that intersect over there with East Lamar Alexander Pkwy?
    Good job Senator getting your name on everything.

    Can we get Chapman Hwy renamed after Pierce?