The community is mourning the death of Jordan Stevens, 23, of Morrison.
Jordan died Sunday, Sept. 13, defending his wife, Aileen, who is pregnant.
On Sunday, a violent crime spree began in Coffee County and raged through Middle Tennessee, ending with three deaths, including Jordan’s and that of the perpetrator, Dangelo Dorsey. Dorsey “executed” Stevens in view of Aileen near the Bonnaroo grounds in Coffee County.
The incident started Sunday morning, with Dorsey opening fire inside a vehicle traveling on Interstate 24 near Beechgrove in Coffee County. Dorsey shot two people in the vehicle, killing one and injuring the other. Dorsey then attempted to carjack a nearby vehicle. He was on the run until 3:45 p.m., injuring several other people. At one point, Dorsey drove off in a vehicle he carjacked, rear-ending the Ford Mustang in which Jordan and Aileen were traveling.
They stopped, believing it to be a fender-bender. At that point, Dorsey took them hostage at gunpoint. Dorsey took both hostages to a location in the McMinnville area, separated them, and executed Jordan in view of his wife. He then forced Aileen back into a Rav4 and returned to the interstate, ultimately leading to a pursuit and subsequent crash. The pursuit ended near I-24’s Exit 156, with Dorsey dying by suicide, according to the TBI.
Jordan ‘died a hero to save his wife and unborn child’
Jordan was born on Oct, 19, 1996 in Murfreesboro.
“He was employed with CPI, and was a member of Third Baptist Church in Murfreesboro. Jordan loved his cars (especially Mustangs), Batman, Star Wars, and was an avid fan of everything Elvis. He was ‘Disney Crazy.’ He was a quiet man, but spoke with his music and jokes. He died a hero to save his wife and unborn child. He will be greatly missed by all his family and friends. He was loved,” according to his obituary. The funeral service for Jordan will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 18, at First Baptist Church of McMinnville.
Friends of the family have set up a GoFundMe campaign to help with expenses. You can donate here.
Grant Swallows, director of Warren County Schools, said in a press release Sept. 14 “the Warren County community and Warren County School District are heavy hearted today with the loss of one of our own, Jordan Stevens.
“Our collective prayers are with the entire Stevens family,” Swallows said. “They are our colleagues, friends and most of all family. Jordan graduated from our system in 2015 with a bright future ahead.”
The release stated “Jordan was an amazing young man who was always dependable, upright and an exceptional friend. He was a leader in and out of the classroom and actively walked in his faith.”
“After watching the grief our schools have experienced today through this unimaginable tragedy, we are resolute that we all must do better,” Swallows said. “No wife, mother, father, sibling or friend should have to experience the events that took place yesterday. May it cause us to better understand and respect our fellow citizens and to remember that life is valuable. Once again, our thoughts and prayers are with the Stevens family and we hope everyone will remember them in the coming days. In order to support them, some members of our school community have established an account with First National Bank of Middle Tennessee in McMinnville that will receive donations. The phone number is 931-473-4402.”