Possible murder/suicide in Pemberville

Kelly J. Kaczala

        The Pemberville Police Department and the Wood County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a possible murder/ suicide on Thursday.
        At approximately 9:15 a.m. on Thursday, the Wood County Sheriff’s Office and the Pemberville Police Department responded to a call at 310 Perry St., Pemberville, about a reported shooting. Upon arrival, law enforcement officials found two deceased individuals inside the residence, both of whom appeared to have suffered gunshot wounds, according to a press release issued by the Wood County Sheriff’s Office. It appeared it was a murder/suicide. However, the investigation is ongoing. The name of one of the deceased victims was Cierra McCrory, 17-years-old, who resided at the residence.
        The name of the other deceased victim will not be released until next of kin are notified, according to the sheriff’s office.
        McCrory was a student at Eastwood High School in Pemberville.
        “We were informed around 9:45 a.m. that there had been an apparent murder/suicide, and unfortunately, one of our students was the victim,” Brent Welker, superintendent of the Eastwood Local Schools District, said in a statement on Thursday. “We have informed staff and students this afternoon.”
        “She was a junior at the high school,” Welker told The Press.  “She was well liked by her class. Her brother has been a volunteer coach for us. I have known the family. We’ve never had anything like this happen before. We’re just very sad.”
        The school district will have extra staff available to meet with students who need support, he added. “As news came in, we have had staff available for our kids. We've had more this afternoon, and will have additional people in the morning.”
        None of the school buildings were placed on lockdown since the crime had already been committed, said Welker.
       "The sheriff’s office did not see any further threat since the assailant was deceased,” said Welker. “If it had been an active incident, we most certainly would have acted accordingly.”
        He urged the public to “please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.”


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