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A young Memphis mother who was fatally stabbed last week allegedly received a series of threatening phone calls from her ex-boyfriend before she was killed, but police have yet to arrest a suspect in her connection to her death.
Sabrina Nguyen, who was stabbed to death in north Memphis on Jan. 2, had filed at least half a dozen domestic violence reports against her ex-boyfriend Keedrin Coppage, who she said repeatedly threatened to kill her weeks before her death, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by Oxygen.com.
Between Dec. 3 and Dec. 5, the 18-year-old woman, who was “fearful” for her life, told police she received more than 50 phone calls from different numbers from her ex, who uttered death threats at his former girlfriend.
Memphis police charged Coppage, 22, with misdemeanor harassment, but the sinister phone calls persisted.
On Dec. 14, Nguyen again accused Coppage of dialing her 25 times during the afternoon, threatening to “seriously harm” her, a separate criminal complaint obtained by Oxygen.com stated. Her phone allegedly continued to ring off the hook well past midnight when a robotic voice calling from an unknown number told her that she was going to die.
"A computer-type voice told her that she was going to be killed," the criminal complaint stated. "Also the voice referenced her draining the little love that was left; and made reference to her child."
The call had supposedly originated from a blocked number, but Nguyen later told police she believed that it was Coppage, who was speaking through Siri to further frighten her.
Police examined Nguyen’s call logs and once again arrested Coppage, this time for stalking. He posted a $10,000 bond on Dec. 18 and was released.
Two days later, on Dec. 20, Coppage was also slapped with kidnapping, stalking, robbery, and bail violation charges, according to separate court documents. It’s unclear if Nguyen, who wasn't named, was connected to that incident. However, Coppage managed to avoid arrest, and three days later allegedly stole Nguyen’s 2019 Nissan Sentra and her cell phone, another criminal complaint shows. Police again weren’t able to immediately locate the 22-year-old.
On Jan. 2, roughly a week later, Nguyen was fatally stabbed. Two days after that, police booked Coppage on previous felony charges. However, a spokesperson for the Memphis Police Department confirmed with Oxygen.com that he hasn’t been charged in his ex-girlfriend's death.
The woman’s family held a vigil for Nguyen on Sunday, CBS affiliate WREG-TV reported.
"Being around her was the best thing for me, ever," her brother, David Nguyen, told the outlet. "Losing her is the worst thing to happen to me and I'm still grieving over it right now."
A friend of Nguyen’s also said the former couple’s violent fallout had been simmering for several months.
“She's even sent me voice recordings of [Coppage] admitting that he's been beating on her since October and just saying some real vile things," Angel Langford, Nguyen’s friend, told WREG-TV. “It was just so scary and we'd ask Sabrina where he's at? What can we do for you? Tell us when this stuff is going on."
Coppage is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 21, according to court records. He’s being held in a Shelby County jail. Oxygen.com was unable to immediately reach his attorney JaKeva Dotson for comment on Wednesday.
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