A teacher at Fike High School in Wilson County died in a murder-suicide at her home on Tuesday, the sheriff’s office said.
Deputies were called to a home on Wellons Court around 11 p.m. concerning a possible burglary.
When they arrived, deputies found Pamela Kent Eatmon, 46, and Anthony Lee Eatmon, 48, dead, the sheriff’s office said. According to an incident report, a handgun and shotgun were found at the scene.
“Pure shock. Nothing, but pure shock,” said Brandy, who lives next door to the Eatmon’s home.
She said the Eatmons were perfect neighbors and a loving couple. She said Anthony Eatmon recently helped her mother get a job.
“Anything we needed, they were there in a heartbeat. If our car got stuck in the mud, they would be right there ready to pull it out,” she said.
Pamela Eatmon was a beloved teacher at Fike High School where she worked for 10 years.
“She was a real happy-go-lucky person. She always was asking, ‘how are you doing?’ She would walk around the halls greeting everybody,” said freshman Micala Herring.
Herring, a student of Eatmon’s, said fellow students and teacher struggled to get through the day Wednesday after news of the teacher’s death. She said Eatmon left her mark on the school.
“She most definitely cared about the students. That was her big thing, caring about students. That’s her passion, teaching students,” Herring said.
Eatmon had been with the school system for 20 years. Fike High School Principal Randy St. Clair released a statement that read:
Ms. Eatmon was a beloved member of our Fike Family. She had been here for 10 years and taught Family and Consumer Science. She was like a mother to all of us, and we are all in shock and just heartbroken. I ask that everyone please keep her family – as well as our staff and students – in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Counseling is available for students. According to the school’s Facebook, students and staff are asked to wear purple Thursday in honor of Eatmon.
The school asked students and staff to share stories about Eatmon’s compassion and commitment to teaching using the #LiveLikeEatmon on social media.
The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office said it will not be releasing more information due to the sensitivity of the case. The sheriff said there were no restraining or protective orders on file pertaining to the couple. Nor any reports of Domestic Violence.
“Our hearts and prayers are with the family during this time,” the sheriff’s office said.