Ross Shreves, 27, a junior high school teacher is found shot to death in his car
ARLINGTON – Coworkers and students in the Kennedale Independent School District, along with members of a business community in Arlington are all shocked after a North Texas junior high school teacher is found dead in his car.
Early Monday morning Ross Shreves was found shot to death in the parking lot of No Frills Grill & Sports Bar, on Little Road. The 27-year-old was an English and writing teacher at Kennedale Junior High School.
“The entire Kennedale ISD community is deeply saddened by this tragic news and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time,” Kennedale ISD spokeswoman Erin Hyden said.
Tuesday police in Arlington continued to investigate the shooting that left Shreves with fatal gunshots to his neck and head.
CBS 11 News spoke with a member of the management team at No Frills Grill. He said he walked outside about 2 a.m. Monday and went over the Shreves car because the headlights were on. It was then that the man found a window shattered on the vehicle and someone dead inside.
The manager also confirmed that the bar and grill has a video surveillance security system. The man said the video, which has been turned over to Arlington police, shows someone getting out of the passenger side of Shreves’ car around 11:30 Sunday night.
Hyden said Shreves, who lived in Plano, was a native North Texan and a graduate of Kennedale High School. He had been teaching for three years.
One of Shreves’ 15-year-old students, Collin Bundy, said everything is just hard to comprehend. “It’s still so unreal to me. I can’t believe it actually happened. I don’t know why someone would do it,” he said, also remembering how Mr. Shreves was a role model, “Everybody loved him. He was great as a teacher. I looked up to him as a coach [and] another dad. He was great.”
Shreves was just voted teacher of the month in May of 2012. Kennedale Jr. High School Principal Sherri Kottwit said, “We were all just completely shocked because Ross was the kind of guy that… he laughed because we called him ‘old man’ and he wanted to be at home in bed by 9 o’clock at night. For us to hear something like this happened, we were all shocked.”
While classes in the Kennedale ISD were dismissed for the year last week, Hyden said the doors of Kennedale Junior High with open tonight from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. “We [will] have a team of counselors available for all students and staff members; ready to help during this time of grief,” she said.
Investigators with the Arlington police department haven’t said if they have any leads on the person responsible for the deadly shooting.
Anyone with information about the shooting suspect or what they may have seen in the area, on Sunday night or Monday morning, is encouraged to call Arlington police at (817) 459-5336, or Crime Stoppers at (817) 469-TIPS (8477) to submit an anonymous tip.
A man found shot to death in an Arlington sports bar parking lot early Monday was a 27-year-old Kennedale Junior High School English teacher, officials said.
John Ross Shreves of Plano was pronounced dead at the scene early Monday. He was shot in the neck and head by a handgun, and his death was a homicide, the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office reported.
Shreves’ slaying was one of two apparent homicides over the weekend in Arlington.
About 8 p.m. Sunday, officers conducting a welfare check at a residence in the 5300 block of Wild West Way found a woman’s body. She was identified late Monday as Signe Edwards, 67.
Investigators do not believe those deaths are related, nor are they related to two other homicides in Arlington in the past week, a police spokeswoman said. Shreves was found about 2 a.m. Monday after someone called 911 to report a man dead in a vehicle in the parking lot of No Frills Grill & Sports Bar, 4914 Little Road.
Officers found Shreves in the driver’s seat with the driver’s window shattered, they said. “It is early in the investigation, and detectives are going through all of the evidence at the scene and developing a timeline of what the victim did in the hours and moments leading up to his death,” said Tiara Ellis Richard, an Arlington police spokeswoman, in a news release.
Shreves taught seventh-grade writing and eighth-grade English at Kennedale Junior High, his second year at the school, according to the Kennedale school district website. He had taught in the district for three years. He graduated from Kennedale High School in 2004 and earned a degree from the University of North Texas in Denton in 2008.
Shreves was certified to teach English language arts in grades four through 12 as well as composite social studies in grades eight through 12, the website stated. “I love writing,” Shreves said on the website. “I strive to pass on that passion to my students.”
The other death was discovered about 8 p.m. Sunday, when officers conducted a welfare check at a residence in the 5300 block of Wild West Way after family members called 911 to say they had not heard from Edwards.
Officers could see someone inside not moving, they said. They entered the residence and found her dead with signs of trauma on her body.
The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office identified Edwards late Monday but did not immediately rule on the manner and cause of death. If her death is ruled a homicide, she and Shreves would be the third and fourth in the past week in Arlington and the fifth this year.
On June 4, Leona Swafford was carjacked as she pulled her 2010 Lincoln MKZ into her driveway in the 400 block of Sussex Drive. She was found dead about 3 miles away, and her car was abandoned near the Arlington police east substation.
On Wednesday, Donsha Hughes, 19, was shot to death in his driveway after he received a call to meet someone outside his home, investigators said.
Investigators do not believe any of the deaths are connected, Richard said.
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