People remember murder-suicide victim

HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) — People are taking time to remember the victim in Sunday’s murder-suicide at a gas station on Hixson Pike.

It was a sad day at The Lantern at Morning Pointe.

“She was just a special person and those folks don’t come around all of the time,” said Alisha Landes, executive director of The Lantern.

Kimberly Phillips worked as a resident assistant where she was a caregiver to people with moderate to severe Alzheimer’s.

“She was very patient with them. She had such a sweet, kind, gentle spirit so that worked well with the residents that were back there,” Landes said.

Chattanooga police say Phillips was shot and killed Sunday morning at a gas station by her ex-husband, Frederick Tragresser.

Investigators believe Tragresser then turned the gun on himself. He was taken to the hospital where he later died.

At Partnership, they offer resources for victims of domestic violence.

“Domestic violence is not about where a person lives or how much money they make. It is really about an opportunity where one person decides to have power or control over another person,” said Regina McDevitt, with Partnership.

Partnership can help with shelter, getting an order of protection and a safety plan.

“But the reality is the order of protection is a piece of paper. A safety plan, is a plan. If a person is determined to commit murder of their partner or their ex-partner, the likelihood of that happening is increased with access to guns, access to other type of weapons and of course, like I say, a history of having that domestic violence,” McDevitt said.

Back at the Lantern, they are saddened about the loss of Phillips.

“We are like a big family here. So when one of us hurts we all hurt. So that is kind of what we are going through right now,” Landes said.

Landes says they will come up with a way to honor Phillips at The Lantern.

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