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Former Branch Intermediate School District program director survives shooting in Indiana

Marcia Gentry, professor of education studies, Purdue University (courtesy of www.purdue.edu)
Marcia Gentry, professor of education studies, Purdue University (courtesy of www.purdue.edu)

WEST LAYFAYETTE, IN (WTVB) - Friends and acquaintances of an educator who was employed in Coldwater a dozen years ago with the Branch Intermediate School District were relieved to learn that Marcia Gentry survived being shot multiple times during a domestic incident last week in West Lafayette, Indiana, where she works as a professor of education studies at Purdue University. Several media reports indicate the 51-year old Gentry is now hospitalized in good condition.

Authorities say Gentry was shot Thursday night at her home by her husband, 64-year old William Byers, who was discovered dead in the residence of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Indianapolis Star reported that Gentry had filed for divorce in November.  Gentry had been a coordinator of the BISD’s Gifted and Talented program when she was employed by the intermediate school district. 

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