Former Clarion University Diver Caitlin Kaufman Killed in Shooting in Tennessee

26-year-old Caitlin Kaufman, a former diver for the Clarion University women’s swimming and diving team was shot and killed while driving to work on Thursday night on Tennessee Interstate 440. 

Kaufman’s car was found by State Police on Tennessee interstate 440 around 9 pm on Thursday night. She was found inside of the car and declared dead on the scene by investigators. Police suspect that the shooting took place between 6 and 6:30 pm, and that Kaufman was on her way to her 7pm shift at St. Thomas West Hospital when she was shot. 

Kaufman competed at Clarion from 2012 until her graduation in 2016. During her time at the Clarion, she earned personal best dives of 233.70 on the 1M and 229.20 on the 3M. She was also recognized as a Clarion Scholar Athlete and she was a member of the Honors College. 

Clarion University Athletics issued a statement on its Facebook page, “Clarion University and the Inter-University Athletics Club are saddened to learn of the tragic loss of Caitlin Kaufman. Caitlin embodied all the characteristics of a model student athlete while being a member of the Women’s Swimming & Diving Team. She was a tenacious competitor, a supportive teammate, and an avid student.”

“Our ideas remain not only with Caitlin’s family, but also with her ex-teammates and coaches during this incredibly difficult time.”

As of Friday, police had made no arrests in the case and were still investigating for possible motives.

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2 years ago

BREAKING: Devaunte L. Hill, 21, is in custody for the murder of Nashville nurse Caitlyn Kaufman. MNPD SWAT members arrested him at 6:15 a.m. at his East Nashville apartment. He is being charged with criminal homicide.

2 years ago

This is terrible. My condolences and prayers go out to Caitlin’s family, friends, and anyone else who was close to her.

Tammy Oliver
2 years ago

This is so horrible. There is nothing you can say or do to take the pain away from her family. I pray they find who did this.

2 years ago

Breaks my heart for this beautiful person, her friends, family and the countless people she impacted. There is mention of a fund at the end of the article to which we can donate to assist family with expenses. According to the initial police reports they know of no motive for this shooting. Suffice it to say pure evil exists. This is a tragic reminder of that absolute heartless evil.

2 years ago

So saddened for this act of senseless violence in our community. A route I and my family drive frequently this hits entirely too close to home. Prayers to all who knew and loved her.

2 years ago

God bless this talented young lady. She was one of our heroes.

Corn Pop
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2 years ago

No . Looking at the Capital Crimes in Tennessee , if she is a murder victim , it could come under Emergency Worker ( being a I CU nurse in a p a endemic) .

Then the Death Penalty could be the answer . God does his bit, ppl do theirs . Amen .

2 years ago

This is just horrible. Sending prayers to the family

2 years ago

That is horrible. Such awful news to read. Condolences to all who knew her.

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Nicole has been with SwimSwam since April 2020, as both a reporter and social media contributor. Prior to joining the SwimSwam platform, Nicole also managed a successful Instagram platform, amassing over 20,000 followers. Currently, Nicole is pursuing her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. After competing for the swim …

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