Washington County VA

Shooting victims remembered by community

Shooting victims remembered

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Va. - We're learning more tonight about the family involved in a deadly shooting.

The tragedy is being felt across several communities. The family at the heart of the story was very involved in several area schools.

Three local educational institutions are mourning the losses of three people who all had an impact on the communities where they lived and worked.

17-year-old Griffin Palmer, a junior at Patrick Henry High School in Washington County, Virginia, was a member of the football and baseball teams.

School superintendent Brian Ratliff says he had a great sense of humor. "Obviously, we're devastated by the whole tragic incident, and losing a student that's beloved," he said.

His mother, 46-year-old Kristin Palmer, spent 20 years teaching students at Virginia High School in Bristol. She was an English teacher, but was probably most known as a drama teacher who led the school's award-winning productions.

Principal Ronnie Collins worked with Kristin for years. "[She] has been one of our shining stars in the programs that we have just due to her care. She took care of the students, and she just infused them with this energy about art," he said.

Kristin's parents Terry and Nancy Griffin, both retired from Emory & Henry College. Terry was a German professor at the school, and Nancy was an administrative assistant according to college president Jake Schrum, "We're praying for these people. They are beloved former employees of Emory & Henry College," Moore told us.

Counselors are on hand at all three schools -to help those who worked with, knew, and loved this family.

Virginia High School plans on holding a vigil at the school Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the school auditorium.

A note about Kevin Palmer, the man police say did this -- he was employed as a welder at Utility Trailer in Atkins, Virginia.

Domestic violence facts and support

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in four women experience domestic violence in their lifetime.

They estimate about 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.

Historically, females have been most often victimized by someone they knew. 85 percent of domestic violence victims are women.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, call the hotline at (800) 799-7233.

You can contact Abuse Alternatives in the Washington County area at (800) 987-6499 or (423) 652-9098.

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