South Carolina: Elementary school principal killed

A South Carolina elementary school principal was found shot and killed inside a car, and the suspected shooter, who was also in the car, is in custody, authorities said. Wendy Cook, 54, was shot early Sunday, Dillon County Sheriff Douglass Pernell said. . Coroner Donnie Grimsley on Monday ruled her death a homicide, WBTW-TV reported. Authorities arrested Kyle Church, 31, after he was called around 3:15 a.m. Sunday to an address just outside Dillon to investigate reports of gunshots, Pernell said. When deputies arrived, Pernell said, they found Cook and Church inside a car, and Cook was dead. Deputies also recovered a firearm, he said. Church is being held in the Dillon County Detention Center for murder and possession of a weapon in the commission of a violent crime. It was unclear if he had an attorney who could speak on his behalf. Cook was the principal of Stewart Height Elementary School in Dillon County School District 4. She had worked with the district for nearly 25 years, District 4 Superintendent Ray Rogers told the media. . State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman said in a statement Monday that she was “saddened” by Cook’s death. its students and staff,” Spearman said. “My deepest condolences go out to the entire Dillon school community as they mourn this loss.” Pernell said Tuesday that Cook and Church were acquaintances, but the motive for the murder was not released. He also said he didn’t know if Church was one of Cook’s former students. Online court records show Church’s next court appearance is scheduled for October 5.

A South Carolina elementary school principal was found shot dead in a car, and the suspected shooter, who was also in the car, is in custody, authorities said.

Wendy Cook, 54, was shot early Sunday, Dillon County Sheriff Douglass Pernell said. Coroner Donnie Grimsley ruled her death a homicide on Monday, WBTW-TV reported.

Authorities arrested Kyle Church, 31, after he was called around 3:15 a.m. Sunday to an address just outside Dillon to investigate reports of gunshots, Pernell said. When deputies arrived, Pernell said, they found Cook and Church inside a car, and Cook was dead. Deputies also recovered a firearm, he said.

Church is being held in the Dillon County Detention Center for murder and possession of a weapon in the commission of a violent crime. It was unclear if he had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

Cook was principal of Stewart Height Elementary School in Dillon County School District 4. She had worked with the district for nearly 25 years, District 4 Superintendent Ray Rogers told the media.

State Education Superintendent Molly Spearman said in a statement Monday that she was “saddened” by Cook’s death.

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“Colleagues and friends at Dillon County School District 4 speak of the great job she has done as the leader of her school and the many impacts she has had on her students and staff,” Spearman said. . “My deepest condolences go out to the entire Dillon school community as they mourn this loss.”

Pernell said Tuesday that Cook and Church were acquaintances, but the motive for the murder was not released. He also said he didn’t know if Church was one of Cook’s former students.

Online court records show Church’s next court appearance is scheduled for October 5.

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