The sleepy little town of Glade Springs, Va., was the scene of a murder suicide on Tuesday. According to a Feb. 25 report on WATE.com, an ongoing domestic dispute resulted in the death of four people with another hospitalized from gunshot wounds.
Kevin Palmer, 44, killed his wife, Kristin Palmer, 46, his 17-year-old son Griffin Palmer, and his mother-in-law Nancy Griffin, 74, before killing himself. His father-in-law, former Emory and Henry College professor Dr. Terry Griffin, 75, survived the shooting.
Kristin Palmer, a long-time English teacher and drama coach at Virginia High School, had filed preliminary paperwork for a restraining order of family abuse on Monday which was supposed to prevent Kevin Palmer from having any contact with his wife, son, or his wife’s family. Kristin Palmer cited a long-term history of abuse directed toward her and their son. A hearing was scheduled on March 4.
This very sad event underscores the seriousness of domestic violence even in a small, rural town like Glade Springs, Va.