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Elementary School Counselor Killed By Ex In Suspected Murder-Suicide On Her Graduation Day

Investigators say that Ryan Miller killed his ex-wife Angie Miller in her home before dying by a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a pasture.

By Gina Tron
A personal photo of Angie Miller

An elementary school counselor was found dead of an apparent murder-suicide on the same day she was supposed to receive her graduate degree. 

Angie Miller, 45, was discovered dead inside her home on Friday in Broken Bow around 1:45 a.m., a press release from the Nebraska State Patrol states. 

Investigators quickly determined that her ex-husband Ryan Miller, 47, was the main suspect behind her slaying. Troopers located Miller’s body in a pasture near Anselmo shortly before dawn. He died of “an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound," according to the press release.

Investigators are calling the deaths a suspected murder-suicide, but did not state how or why Angie Miller was killed. 

The two had been married for about 23 years and had three children, according to the Associated Press. Angie Miller filed for divorce in April 2019, the Lincoln Journal Star reports, and the two have been officially divorced since February 2020.

Angie Miller worked as a school counselor at North Park Elementary School in Broken Bow, KSOP reported. And, while she was a beloved education professional, she was also furthering her own education. She was supposed to graduate on Friday with a Master of Science in Education degree, the University of Nebraska at Kearney stated in a press release.

The accomplished counselor had previously received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education at the school in 2000 and a Master of Arts in Education degree in 2008.

“The UNK family offers its condolences,” the school said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to her family and friends. We share your grief. Angie Miller will be missed, and she will long be remembered.”

North Park Elementary School is also reeling from Angie Miller's murder. 

“Because of our close school community, this death touches everyone at our school,” Broken Bow Public Schools Superintendent Darren Tobey said in a statement obtained by KHGI.