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Rochester Teacher Killed in Bloomfield Murder-Suicide

Susan Jarrell taught French at Stoney Creek and Hart.

A French teacher for Rochester Community Schools was found dead outside her ex-husband's home Tuesday night in an apparent murder-suicide, say.

Investigators confirmed Wednesday that Susan Pawlecki Jarrell of Rochester Hills, 45, and Kenneth Wayne Jarrell, 46, of Bloomfield Township, died Tuesday. They divorced last year. 

Officers responded to the 2200 block of Bedford Road after 911 callers reported multiple shots fired in their neighborhood shortly after 8 p.m., a news release stated.

Lt. Phil Langmeyer said the initial investigation shows Kenneth Jarrell shot and killed Susan Jarrell with a rifle while she sat in her vehicle parked outside his home. He then apparently turned the weapon on himself. The vehicle was removed from the scene and processed for evidence by the Oakland County Crime Scene Unit. Investigators left the scene shortly after 9 a.m. today.

Langmeyer said Kenneth Jarrell rented the home and officials do not yet know if there was a planned meeting for the couple or some other confrontation that spurred the incident. He had not lived there very long and there were no prior calls to police for service to that address.

Susan Jarrell lived in Rochester Hills and the couple has school-aged children. The children, who live with their mother, were not at the Bloomfield Township home when the incident took place, Langmeyer said.

On Wednesday morning, parents of students at Stoney Creek and Hart Middle School, where Susan Jarrell was a teacher, received a letter from the schools' principals.

"The Hart and Stoney Creek staff and community are deeply saddened at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Jarrell family," stated the letter from Stoney Creek Principal Larry Goralski and Hart Principal Rachel Guinn.

Suzanne January 14, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Kara Q- Kelly's post must remain for the sake of the Jarrell children. It was delicately written and mindful of Susan's reputation with her students. Be assured that Kelly's statement will not harm Ken's kids in any way. I cannot say the same for the many posts that only consider the final tragic act. Prayers out to the children and to the adults who must come together and lead them with love through this horrible tragedy.
Kara Q January 14, 2012 at 05:22 PM
There is a better time and place for things of this nature. There are other children here who are hurt and grieving, and any comments negative towards the victim are in poor taste, especially following comments from students who are trying to pay respects to Mrs. Jarrell.
Erin January 23, 2012 at 03:20 AM
This was a senseless tragedy, by someone who had reached a breaking point. Do not judge. A person can only take some much. Ken loved his children more than anything and that was the problem. I pray that the children will be able to spend time with the Jarrell family. They will need that for healing to also begin. The Jarrell family are like Kenny, kind, soft and loving people. What happened was awful, but only an act of a broken man, who had otherwise been calm, stable, funny and loving. God bless all the survivors in both families, may we focus on how we are similar, and money and power does not mean a greater love. God bless all.
Regina Pirtle March 22, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Regina Thanks Erin for your comment. I went to high school with Kenny for 4 years and haven't seen him since but a couple of times. Kenny was a very smart, sweet and kind guy in school and always made me laugh. I was very sad to know that I didn't hear of this in time to pay respects for him at the visitation and funeral. May God Bless his children, family members of both parties and friends.
Shaina September 06, 2012 at 06:09 AM
Susan was my French teacher at Kings High School in Cincinnati, Ohio in the '90s... Some of our class went to France with her and her boyfriend over the summer. She was so, so, gentle, kind, caring, loving, and precious. I was going through such a difficult time throughout high school, and she was a comforting influence. I didn't know she had 3 kids. I am utterly shocked and saddened. What a tragedy that the world lost her too soon. I'm so very sorry to everyone close to these two.

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