Authorities investigate fatal stabbing of UT Martin student, dance team member


OBION COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — A 20-year-old UT-Martin student and member of the dance team for the Skyhawks basketball team, identified as Decora Alexander, was found dead over the weekend in a home in Obion County.

The Obion County Sheriff’s Office responded Saturday night to a residence on Joe Fry Lane where family members of Tony Mosley, 29, were trying to force their way inside.

Relatives alerted deputies that Mosley had come to the door covered in blood but then went back inside.

As law enforcement attempted to force their way into the residence, they said Mosley finally opened the door and collapsed from stab wounds and lacerations to his body. 

Deputies entered the home and discovered Alexander’s body. She had suffered multiple stab wounds to the body, deputies said.

Mosley was transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital in Union City, then transferred to another facility, where he was listed in critical but stable condition, investigators said.

Alexander, 20, was a UT-Martin student and a member of the dance team for the Skyhawks basketball team.

In a statement, UT-Martin Athletics said Alexander was majoring in health and human performance during her freshman year at UT Martin. She was part of the 11-member Skyhawk dance squad that regularly entertained the crowds at UT Martin’s home basketball games as well as the 2019 Ohio Valley Conference Basketball Championship tournament held in Evansville, Indiana.
“Although Decora was young, she had a strong positive influence on all of her teammates,” Skyhawk head dance coach Jessi Woody said. “She was always working to be a better dancer and wanted to see her teammates grow and succeed with her. She will be greatly missed both on and off the court.”

The fatal stabbing remains under investigation.

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