Tyonne “Chef Ty” Johns died a tragic death on Saturday when she was killed while catering for a wedding at the Ellanor C. Lawrence Park in Chantilly, Virginia. She was 35 years old.
Chef Ty was said to have argued with a seasonal employee from the Fairfax County Park Authority while catering the event. Soon after, 19-year-old Kempton A. Bonds stabbed Chef Ty with a knife.
According to the Fairfax County Police Department Public Affairs Bureau, officers and fire-rescue personnel were called to the scene of a stabbing at 5235 Walney Road at approximately 10:50 p.m. on Saturday. The Major Crimes Division and Crime Scene detectives were also called to the incident.
A knife was found at the scene and is now being held as evidence. Meanwhile, Chef Ty was immediately transported to a local hospital. However, she was pronounced dead by medical staff.
According to a GoFundMe page now set up in honor of Chef Ty’s memory. She is described as a “caring, hardworking, energetic friend” who had a “genuine zest for life.” Chef Ty was said to be a chef who enjoyed sharing food to those who needed it most. Following her cooking engagements, she would distribute extra food to the homeless.
Meanwhile, Chef Ty was also known as Coach Ty to some children. She would spend spare time assisting a local elementary school near her home as a gym teacher. Here, she encouraged students to exercise and eat healthier.
Following Chef Ty’s murder, Bonds has been charged with second degree murder. He has been taken to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center where he is being held without bond. He has also been terminated from the Fairfax County Park Authority.