By KENNY HOWELL
Special to The Wilson Post
A Mt. Juliet woman was fatally stabbed trying to protect her friend from an attacker Sunday evening. Kimberly Kuhlman, 42, was allegedly stabbed multiple times by Kenny Thomason, 47, around 10 p.m., Sunday, in LaVergne. Thomason was reportedly trying to get to his ex-wife, one of Kuhlmans friends. He arrived by cab, and according to reports, Kuhlman told her to stay inside the house in an attempt to calm him down. When he couldnt get in, he allegedly attacked Kuhlman.
The ex-wife had an order of protection against Thomason. According to the City of LaVergne, Thomason had just been released from jail in July for violating the order. He had been to the house earlier in the day and LaVergne police had been called down. They kept an eye on the house, but were out on several calls when the attack took place.
When they got the call, they peeled off those calls and headed to the residence at 1420 Tuffnell Drive in LaVergne. The police arrived before Thomason could get into the home. There was a struggle, and Thomason was handcuffed. The murder weapon was recovered at the scene. CPR was performed on Kuhlman at the scene, and she was taken to Stonecrest Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.
We have a great deal of sorrow for the families and friends, said City of LaVergne Public Relations Director Kathy Tyson.
Tyson said dealing with a domestic violence situation is one of the most dangerous things you can do, and it is sad that Kuhlman was caught in the middle. But her bravery probably saved a life.
If the police hadnt arrived when they did, it most likely would have been a double murder, Tyson said.
Thomason was charged with first degree murder, attempted aggravated burglary and violation of order of protection. His bond was set at $732,000.
Kuhlman lived in Brookstone subdivision. The homeowners association released a statement Monday saying that Kuhlman served two terms on the board of directors and was key in the pool renovation. Even after she left the post, she continued to work as a volunteer for the community.
She could always be counted on to work for the betterment of the Brookstone community, the statement read.
She is survived by husband Jamie, and two boys, Kyle and Drew. A celebration of life will be held at the Kuhlman home, Friday, Aug. 12, from noon until 8 p.m. at 269 Page Drive in Mt. Juliet.
The invitation reads This will not be an event for sadness and mourning but for remembrance and celebration of the life of this loving wife, mother, sister and daughter. Her husband Jamie and children Kyle and Drew wish for you to share wonderful stories and memories of your relationship with Kim. The family will be holding a private burial ceremony in Mississippi.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Kuhlman Family Fund at any Regions Bank. Funds raised will go to the children.
Editors Note: Kenny Howell is the managing editor of The Chronicle of Mt. Juliet. He may be contacted at Editor@thechronicleofmtjuliet.com.