Police say Purdue prof shot at home by husband

Gentry in fair condition at Indy hospital

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Authorities say a Purdue University professor was seriously wounded at home by her husband who then killed himself.

The Tippecanoe County sheriff's department says 51-year-old Marcia Gentry was shot multiple times in her lower extremities Thursday night. The department says 64-year-old William Byers was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in the couple's home near West Lafayette.

Purdue confirmed that Gentry is a professor in Purdue's educational studies department. Court records show she had filed for divorce in November from her husband.

Gentry was taken to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, where she was listed in fair condition Friday afternoon.

Tippecanoe County Sheriff Tracy Brown said the family's dog was also found fatally shot.

The couple's 15-year-old daughter was out of the state at boarding school.

Maryann Santos de Barona, Dean of the College of Education, released the following statement:

"Marcia Gentry is one of the shining stars in our college.  She is a professor in gifted, creative and talented studies and continues a great tradition of scholars and teachers in gifted education at Purdue.  She has projects underway across Indiana, with five Native American communities, and in numerous countries that include Colombia, Kuwait, China and Korea.  As director of GERI  - the Gifted Education Resource Institute - her impact is felt far beyond the boundaries of campus. There has been an outpouring of support from alumni and friends, literally, around the world. My thoughts – and those of her colleagues - are with Marcia and her family as they work to heal and recover from this devastating incident."

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