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An Oklahoma teacher was allegedly shot to death by her ex-boyfriend in a murder-suicide that has rocked the small community where she died.
“Everybody knew our suspect, everybody knew our victim,” Pawnee County Chief Deputy Nick Mahoney told local station KOTV of victim Kendra Dvorak and suspected killer Jim Long, also referred to in some reports as Jim Two-Feathers. “They knew them. They were a part of our community. They were a part of our families and so being a small community and being a small county, this loss effects everybody and impacts everybody.”
The Pawnee County Sheriff’s office was called to Dvorak’s mobile home around 6:30 p.m. Thursday after receiving a call from a concerned relative, who said Dvorak’s ex-boyfriend had showed up at the home with a gun, Tulsa World reports.
Deputies arrived at the scene a short time later, but were unable to make contact with anyone inside; they called for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s tactical team to assist.
Authorities breached the home’s door around 10 p.m. and made the grim discovery of two bodies.
Dvorak and Long had both been shot to death; however, Mahoney told the local paper that Long's wound had “clearly” been self-inflicted. Investigators are still trying to determine a motive in the case.
Dvorak, who had worked as a teacher and coach within the local school system, leaves behind two teenage daughters.
Authorities told local station KTUL no one else had been at the property at the time of the shooting.
A medical examiner is expected to confirm the causes of death for both of the deceased, officials said.
Oxygen.com reached out to the Pawnee County Sheriff’s Office but did not receive an immediate response.
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