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Death of fire captain’s son ignites debate over illegal immigration


An investigation into the death of a Tennessee fire captain’s 22-year-old son last month revealed that the perpetrator who killed him was an illegal immigrant with a criminal history.

Pierce Corcoran, son of Knoxville Fire Captain D.J. Corcoran, was pronounced dead shortly after he was killed by a pickup truck driven by 44-year-old Franco Cambrany Francisco-Eduardo, an illegal immigrant who drove into oncoming traffic on Chapman Highway.

During the accident, Corcoran’s girlfriend sustained non life-threatening injuries.

Corocran’s firefighting father has taken indefinite leave from work, according to KFD Assistant Chief Mark Wilbanks.

“He wants people to know Chapman Highway is a dangerous highway,” Wilbanks told Knox News. “People should slow down, don’t text while driving, and practice safe driving techniques on Chapman Highway.”

Francisco-Eduardo was booked into the Knox County Detention Facility on charges of criminally negligent homicide and driving without a license or insurance. He was released to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers last Friday. Due to the federal government shutdown, ICE representatives have yet to comment on the matter.

Bridget Johnson, a secretary at the Knoxville Fire Department, posted her disdain towards illegal immigration on Facebook.

“They never die, only kill others,” she said. “He would still be with us if the illegal was still in his own country. That wall can’t be built soon enough.”

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