On December 6, 2004, at age twenty-one, Johnia Hope Berry, was brutally slain in her Knoxville, Tennessee apartment. She had come to the University of Tennessee at Knoxville to pursue her master's degree after receiving a bachelor's degree at East Tennessee State University. The night of her death, Johnia was sorting toys she bought for children in need-a charitable habit she engaged in every year. Johnia was deeply loved by two sets of parents: Joan and Mike Berry (adoptive father), and Donna and John Tiller (biological father).
"The Johnia Berry Act of 2007: DNA Fingerprinting,"
Tennessee Journal of Law and Policy: Vol. 6
, Article 6.
Available at: https://trace.tennessee.edu/tjlp/vol6/iss1/6