Slain man was brother of teen killed in 2021


The victim of a fatal shooting in West Knoxville has been identified as the older brother of a teenager who was murdered a year ago, authorities confirmed Tuesday. 

Jaqwan Gillette, 18 of Knoxville, was shot and killed off Sutherland Avenue on Monday night, according to Knoxville Police Department spokesperson Scott Erland.

He was the brother of 15-year-old Jamarion “Lil Dada” Gillette, who died March 11, 2021, after he was found suffering from a gunshot wound in South Knoxville  (see

“The investigation shows that a shooting took place involving several individuals in the parking lot of the Dollar General at 3275 Sutherland Avenue at around 8:13 p.m. Gillette was found unresponsive in the Sutherland Flats apartment complex just minutes later,” Erland said.

“No suspects are in custody at this time and the shooting remains under active investigation by KPD Violent Crimes Unit investigators, who are pursuing strong leads,” he added.    

“Lil Dada” Gillette was one of six students from Austin-East Magnet High School to be killed by gunfire in 2021. 

Jaqwan Gillette was a student enrolled in Knox County Schools at the time of his death, a KCS spokesperson confirmed, but it wasn’t immediately clear which of the system’s high schools he attended.

Monday night’s killing was the eighth homicide in Knoxville thus far in 2022, according to KPD records. By way of comparison, there had been no fewer than 15 homicides as of March 28 of last year, which was the city’s bloodiest year on record. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact East Tennessee Valley Crime Stoppers, which is available 24/7 by phone at 865-215-7165, online at, via the P3 Tips mobile app or by texting **TIPS. Tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible to receive a cash reward.

Jamarion Gillette, 15, was shot and killed in March 2021.

Published on March 30, 2022.