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Johnny Cash’s 23-Year-Old Great-Niece Stabbed to Death, Her 20-Month-Old Baby Survives — Drugs to Blame?

Very sad news has emerged from the music world, as late music legend Johnny Cash's 23-year-old great-niece was stabbed to death and found in a wooden box in her home outside of Nashville.

Police have charged 27-year-old Wayne Masciarella with first-degree murder for fatally stabbing Courtney Cash, 23, according to USA Today. Courtney's body was found in a cedar chest on March 19 at the home she shared with her boyfriend, William Austin Johnson, who was also reportedly stabbed by Wayne. The suspect may have been trying to hide Courtney's body by putting it in the box.

Courtney and William have a 20-month-old daughter, who was taken to a nearby hospital after the attack. Thankfully, their daughter was not harmed, although William was treated for multiple wounds.

The three adults are said to have been friends, and while the exact motive is currently unknown, drugs are likely to have been the reason for an altercation that led to the stabbings.

"This is a senseless, tragic death of a young lady whose life was probably taken as a direct or indirect result of drugs," says the sheriff.

Courtney was the granddaughter of Tommy Cash, Johnny Cash's brother. Her family members have issued a statement addressing the tragedy, saying that they are "completely heartbroken" and "have a lot of questions and emotions that we are beginning to sort through today."

Our thoughts are with the family during this very difficult time.

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Source: USA Today

03.22.2014 / 12:00 AM EDT by Ryan Gajewski
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