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“They were left to die alone,” Fayetteville City Council Member and Father-in-Law of Woman Murdered in Piedmont Park speaks out.

By Michael Cuneo

Kattie Janness, who was stabbed to death in Piedmont Park on Wednesday morning, is the daughter-in-law to Fayetteville city council member Joe Clark.

Police have yet to determine a motive and have not made any arrests as of July 30.

In a Facebook post added to the popular group “Life in the PTC Bubble,” Clark thanked those who had shown support and expressed great disgust with the crimes that occurred.

“Katherine Janness was known to us as “Katie.” Clark wrote in his post that was shared with several groups. “She and my daughter Emma have been life partners for seven years. They were a very special couple who grew into a very loving and beautiful relationship and were focusing on their future before this tragedy took Katie from us in a senseless violent act as well as Emma’s fur baby Bowie.”

Janness reportedly left her residence to take her dog for a walk in Piedmont Park sometime Tuesday night. After not returning for some time, her partner was able to track her via her iPhone, which eventually led to Jannes’ body being found at 1 am in Piedmont Park.

Jannes’ dog was also found dead from stab wounds.

“The level of violence used against them was defined as gruesome by authorities who are hard at work trying to capture the monster who did this.” Clark continued in his Facebook post. “They were left to die alone. My daughter Emma found them through her iPhone tracker app in Piedmont Park.”

Clark reiterated these sentiments when talking with local news stations.

“Katie can’t be seen. You can’t look at her because of what they did to her.” Clark told WSB-TV. “What they’ve done is put the knife in my daughter’s heart at the same time.

“There is a monster on the loose in the city of Atlanta.”

Piedmont Park issued a statement giving their condolences to the families involved.

“The Piedmont Park Conservancy is deeply saddened and our hearts go out to the individual’s family and loved ones.” a post from the park’s Facebook page read.

A candlelight vigil was held for Jannes, reportedly seeing more than 100 people gather to mourn the loss.

This case is still ongoing.

By Michael Cuneo

Michael Cuneo is a news and sports reporter for the Fayette County News. Michael graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Journalism in 2020. In his off time, Michael enjoys torturing himself as an Atlanta Falcons fan. Follow Michael on twitter @michaelcune