HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind. - Family, friends and co-workers of a woman killed in an apparent murder-suicide over the weekend gathered Monday evening to grieve together.
Shannon Hall was a longtime teacher at St. Louis de Montfort Catholic Church and School in Fishers. The parish held a prayer service to help the community heal.
Almost 900 people packed into the church, standing shoulder-to-shoulder to pray for Hall. Members of the community spoke about Hall’s love of Jesus, her passion for teaching and how her kindness will live on.
Hall taught at the school for the past 12 years -- most recently, as a second-grade teacher.
Family members and friends said she helped shape hundreds of young lives in her role.
"Certainly as a teacher it was very clear to me. Just the students that were here and their families from years' past, that she made a difference in the kids' lives and certainly with the family, too," Rev. John Kiefer said.
Kiefer estimated that Hall left an impact on close to 300 students in her time at the school.
A prayer service was scheduled for Tuesday in the Cathedral High School auditorium at 7 p.m.
2 killed in apparent murder-suicide
Police said a day earlier, Hall was shot and killed in her parent's home by her former husband, David Hall, who then killed himself.
Investigators said the couple was recently divorced and that Shannon Hall had been staying at her parents with her two sons, who were inside the home at the time of the shooting.
Before Shannon Hall was married, her maiden name was Shannon O'Malia. Her grandfather was the founder of the O'Malia grocery store chain. The family has deep ties at Cathedral High School where even the school's auditorium bears the family name.
"This was her second home. Shannon was like a lot of kids who graduate. They come back here and there are great memories. So we have great memories of her because of what she did while she was here," said Principal Dave Worland.
Her two children were taken into custody by a family member.
Experts say one in every four women will become victims of domestic violence in her lifetime.
Hall’s death has saddened both her community and advocates who work to prevent such tragedies.
About three months before Hall was killed, authorities said veteran Indianapolis officer Kim Carmack was killed by her estranged ex-husband after he broke into her home. He later turned the gun on himself.
A woman who chose to only be identified as Jane said the abuse at the hands of her ex-husband became life-threatening.
She became one of the 6,000-plus women in Indiana who seek emergency shelter every year.
Her first stop was The Julian Center where up to 120 people are housed each night. Half of those people are children.
"It takes all kinds of forms and it happens to every member, every strata of member of our community. It doesn't discriminate … we see it happens everywhere," said Catherine O’Conner with The Julian Center.
Advocates say if you feel threatened, get help. Jane said she was not sure she would be alive today if it weren’t for the help of The Julian Center and Coburn Place Safe Haven.
Call the Julian Center Crisis Line at 317-920-9320 for additional resources.
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