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Texas teacher, 39, ‘fatally shot son, 17, on way to his new school’

Texas teacher, 39, ‘fatally shot her 17-year-old son on their way to his first day at a new school before telling two strangers he “went to join his grandmother in heaven”‘

  • Sarah Hunt, 39, was charged with first-degree murder for killing Garrett Hunt, 17, on Monday
  • Monday was supposed to be Garrett’s first day at school at Riesel High School, where the family had been in the process of moving 
  • Riesel police and deputies from the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at around 8am of a stalled car on East Frederick Road
  • There they found Garrett Hunt’s body in the front seat of a Hyundai minivan with multiple gunshot wounds 
  • Sarah Hunt is said to have approached two people near Riesel Square, telling them that her son needed help and was with her mother in heaven 

Sarah Hunt, 39, was charged with first-degree murder for killing Garrett Hunt, 17, on Monday

A Texas teacher is in custody for fatally shooting her 17-year-old son while dropping him off for his first day at a new school on Monday, local authorities said. 

Sarah Hunt, 39, was charged with first-degree murder on Tuesday for killing Garrett Hunt, 17. 

Hunt, who was a fifth-grade teacher at Lake Air Montessori Magnet School in Waco, Texas, is being held in the McLennan County Jail on a bond of $500,000, the Waco Tribune reports.

Both Riesel police and deputies from the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at around 8am Monday of a stalled car on East Frederick Road. 

There they found Garrett Hunt’s body in the front seat of a Hyundai minivan with multiple  gunshot wounds, McLennan County Sheriff Parnell MCNamara said on Monday. 

An affidavit from MCSO states that authorities learned through interviews that Sarah had picked up her son from a camper where he had been staying with his father. 

Monday was supposed to be Garrett’s first day at school at Riesel High School, where the family had been in the process of moving, Chief Deputy David Kilcrease shared. 

Riesel police and deputies from the McLennan County Sheriff's Office responded to a call at around 8am of a stalled car on East Frederick Road, where they found Garrett Hunt's body in the front seat of a Hyundai minivan with multiple gunshot wounds

Riesel police and deputies from the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at around 8am of a stalled car on East Frederick Road, where they found Garrett Hunt’s body in the front seat of a Hyundai minivan with multiple gunshot wounds

Monday was supposed to be Garrett's first day at school at Riesel High School, where the family had been in the process of moving

Monday was supposed to be Garrett’s first day at school at Riesel High School, where the family had been in the process of moving

After the shooting, Sarah Hunt is said to have approached two people near Riesel Square, telling them that her son needed help and was with her mother in heaven. 

According to witness statements in the affidavit, Sarah Hunt said ‘what have I done’ and ‘this is not real.’ 

Josh Wucher, the Waco Independent School District spokesperson, said that Lake Air Montessori closed its campus last Wednesday because of the pandemic. 

The district is doing online classes and Wucher added that Hunt didn’t log into her virtual classroom meeting on Zoom the morning of the shooting. 

Hunt, who was hired during the summer before the 20-21 school year, has been placed on leave and is expected to be dismissed or resign. 

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