Updated 7 months ago by Josh Breslow
The halls of Lone Jack Elementary School in Bell County were quiet Friday. Students and staff were sent home early following the death of one of their own.
Lisa Mace, 41, a Kindergarten teacher who had worked at the school for almost two decades was found dead in her home on Woodland Trail Road Friday morning, alongside her husband. Investigators said Anthony "Scott" Mace shot his wife, then turned the gun on himself.
"I can't wrap my mind around it. I don't believe it happened," Shirley Huffman, a former teacher at Lone Jack Elementary told LEX 18. "I miss Lisa, she's my best friend. She loved those kids and they loved her. Ask any of them. They loved Miss Mace."
"We're a small school and a close-knit community and the faculty and staff were just overwhelmed with emotions today," said Principal Kevin Wilder at Lone Jack Elementary.
People close to Lisa Mace describe her as a loving mother of two girls with a passion for teaching.
"She loved what she did. I mean, she loved the kids and that's what it boiled down to. If you love them and they know you love them, they'll learn. She wanted to be the best teacher and she was," Huffman said.
State Police are investigating. They are not commenting on a possible motive for the killing.
Lisa Mace is survived by her two daughters. Funeral arrangements have not been set.