Popular D.C. Chef killed over the weekend was from Hopewell

WASHINGTON D.C. (WRIC) — A chef from Hopewell was killed over the weekend while catering an event in Chantilly Park near Washington D.C. on Saturday night.

Police say Tyonne Johns was stabbed by 19-year-old Kempton Bonds after they got into an argument over chairs at the event she was catering in Northern Virginia.

719C16F840654C018223EAF7737A0FCD“She was amazing,” said Maria Sanchez, a friend of Johns.

Family and friends of Johns say the news of her death has still yet to sink in.

“I didn’t even get a chance to say bye,  a lot of people didn’t get to say bye. I loved her, I loved her so much,” Sanchez said.

Friends say the questions they have outweigh the answers they’ve already received.

“And, somebody just snatched that from her over a dispute or whatever the case may have been,” Sanchez said.

“They took my friend. They took my best childhood friend.”– Maria Sanchez

According to police, Johns had just finished a catering event near D.C. when there was some sort of argument with the suspect over who the chairs at the event belonged to. Police say it ended with Kempton Bonds stabbing Johns to death.

“He took a good person, a loving person, a community person,” Sanchez said.


Sanchez says she does find comfort in knowing her friend died doing something she loved.

“She was into food, she loved the food and could cook and put anything together,” Sanchez added. I don’t care what it was it was beautiful.”

Now, Sanchez says for every court proceeding she will be right there front row to let the suspect know what he took from her and so many others.

“They took my friend,” she cried. “They took my best childhood friend.”

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