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.

Constance Cumbey January 11, 2012 at 07:30 PM
This is so sad for all concerned. Mr. Jarrell was an attorney "licensed and in good standing." This is the second tragedy involving lawyer's families within the past 3 months. There was a murder-suicide with a woman lawyer's family in Lapeer County not so long ago. I can't help but think this is a by-product of the extreme financial and educational loans stresses placed on young families these days.
Melinda January 11, 2012 at 07:52 PM
In this case My daughter goes to school with one Susan Jerrell's kids. I know their school had a grief counselor in today but have not found out anything about the status of Susan's children yet. Susan was always sweet and responsive to the kids and my daughter loved her. Constance, I knew the woman in the Lapeer County incident from High School, a very sweet, very outgoing woman.
Jim Franks January 11, 2012 at 07:57 PM
"I can't help but think this is a by-product of the extreme financial and educational loans stresses placed on young families these days." A terrible situation indeed, but this claim is unjustified. That said, the community should use this overwhelmingly negative situation to try to come together. I can only hope that a situation like this can help shed light on the seriousness of domestic violence.
B. Jansen January 11, 2012 at 08:47 PM
The comments about economic strife moving to family strife is, sadly, accurate. We all can only wish the best for these wonderful children who had enjoyed the love and support of family and community. They are the gifts to be cherished. Help and healing will help. There is no way to fill this hole. Sue was a fabulous mother and woman. We have all lost this good lady. Please join in sending your own prayer and well wishes to these precious children.
Lydia January 11, 2012 at 08:59 PM
This is terrible... I go to Rochester High School, (in the same district as SCHS) and we have been hearing about this all day... The whole district is grieving the loss of this wonderful teacher. My prayers go out to her and the young children she left behind... May God rest her in peace and guide her children as they mourn the loss of their parents.
Anirudh Sharma January 11, 2012 at 10:38 PM
She was my french teacher at Hart. Mrs. Guinn(our principal) walked in and told us that our teacher was dead. Literally everyone atleast teared up like me trying to hide my emotions. others went to the counseling office and came back after 1-3 hours. others went home. RIP Mme Jarrell nicest teacher i've had
Ashley January 12, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Whether students had Mrs. Jarrell or not, all staff and students of the SCHS family is saddened by this loss. Stoney Creek will miss and never forget Mrs. Jarrell.
Will January 12, 2012 at 12:38 AM
I went to school with her son. And Mrs. Jarrell was honestly one of the nicest people that I have ever known. This is so sad and tragic. Please pray for her three children.
Dawn January 12, 2012 at 12:47 AM
I am extremely saddened by this and my heart goes out to the family. While economic stressors may exacerbate violence they do not cause domestic violence which is what this is! Women are being beaten and murdered weekly and we need to take a stand against domestic violence! Lansing needs to take notice and create tougher laws! My prayers are with this family! Survivor
Amanda Roberts January 12, 2012 at 01:48 AM
I was one of Mrs. Jarrells students and she was a mother to all her students. We also know her two young girls and we are all very upset for the loss. we all love her and will never forget her
Kelly Holden January 12, 2012 at 02:12 AM
This is a horrific story about how divorce and economic stressors but there is so much more to this story that many people do not know. Kenny was a wonderful man. I can't think of a better person. All I do know if that a person can handle so many lies, personal attacks and constant harassment from an ex-spouse. Susan did not deserve to die and nor did Kenny. When people divorce, they should get rid of all the bad feelings, work with you ex- and put your children 1st. They deserve that and need the love and support from both parents and their families. Now the Jarrell children need everyone's love and support. They need to know that both the Pawleckis and the Jarrells love them unconditionally - this will never change!
Laura January 12, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Wow, it's great to see you really focus on the important parts of the article. Seriously, get some perspective.
Dorothy January 12, 2012 at 03:58 AM
"Kenny was a wonderful man"?? Kelly - Kenny was a MONSTER! How can you even describe a human being who would take the innocent life of their children's mother, and his own, only to leave behind the emotional aftermath as a legacy to three young people? Your statement about people who divorce should get rid of all of the bad feelings is ridiculous! Not every couple who makes the decision to end their marriage can just "put everything aside" You are living in a fantasy - and I am sure that most people will not agree that Kenny was a "wonderful man". From the latest release information, it turns out that Kenny possibly had some major mental issues, which Susan was trying to address through the proper channels. Be careful how you support your "friend", I'm not sure you will have too many people sympathizing with his situation. May God watch over Susan Jarrell, and may she in turn, watch over her beautiful children for the rest of their lives
Marilyn January 12, 2012 at 11:31 AM
Kelly - you really should not have posted this. There are many many children from the schools that Mrs. Jarrell taught at that are devastated to have lost their teacher.They are commenting on here in her memory. She was obviously well loved and highly thought of by her students. It is obvious from the comments that have been left. Facebook and Twitter are also filled with pages of their love for her - she brought happiness into the classroom, and to think she did this with all that was going on in her personal life proves that she was a wonderful person. These kids are not only dealing with the loss of her, but they are trying to deal with how horribly it all happened. To say anything negative about her is sickening to me and I am sure to many others. You obviously didn't know Kenny as well as you think you did. There is not an ounce of sympathy in me for a man who kills the mother and father of his own children - and that will never change!
Kristin Bull (Editor) January 12, 2012 at 12:36 PM
When posting a comment, please keep in mind the victims here: the Jarrell children who have lost their parents and a community of school children who have lost a beloved teacher. Thank you.
Linda January 12, 2012 at 02:37 PM
While students were allowed to leave early, most chose to stay and be together. My son was a student of Madame Jarrell's since she started at SCHS in the 2010-2011 school year. One of his classmates described their French 4 class as "a small family" and she was like the Mom. She couldn't have been a kinder or more dedicated teacher, and her students adored her. As my son said, the hardest part for him this morning was knowing that he would not see her great smile when he reports to her classroom this afternoon. He has remarked on several occasions about the many pictures of her own children that she has adorning the classroom. She was as devoted to them as any parent could be. The students and administration at SCHS are doing a phenomenal job of supporting each other in the face of such a senseless tragedy. I am praying for peace and comfort for her children and family.
justme123 January 13, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Kelly, thank you for the kind remarks about Kenny. He was a family member of mine, and our family is grieving too.
Suzanne January 13, 2012 at 03:14 AM
God Bless you Kelly. Kenny loved his children. They too can read. They loved their Daddy. Prayers to ALL remaining family members.
Rich January 13, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Kara - I understand the emotion involved, but to suggest deleting comments because you personally/emotionally disagree with them is outrageous. There is nothing dangerous or threatening about the comment, it is just an alternate opinion. Educated thinkers appreciate the intellectual stimulation that a diversity of expression brings with it, agree with it or not. Censorship (other than of the clearly dangerous/threatening/profane) is nothing more than an attempt by self righteous individuals to control the media and therefore societies thoughts. As was demonstrated by the demise the Soviet block - you can try to control expression but you can't control freedom of thought, which eventually prevails. Kelly - Please don't haul out all that tired old rationale about 'economic stressors' and such. It's just an attempt at rationalization of bad behavior and incites more to lean on that excuse. My grandfather grew up during the great depression, when 'economic stressors' where 10 times what they are today. The divorce rate was 8% and domestic violence was benign. Strong family ties were considered an asset, not a liability, during hard times.
Rich January 13, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Kara - Never wrote that your comment should be removed ;->
Jason January 13, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Kenneth Jarrell Funeral Arrangements: Funeral Home Lawrence Funeral Home 203 South Horton Pkwy Chapel Hill, TN 37034 931-364-2233 funeralhome@united.net Visitation and Services Visitation will be Fri., Jan. 13, 2012 from 4pm – 8pm at Lawrence Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 pm, Sat., Jan. 14, 2012 from the chapel of Lawrence Funeral Home with Rev. Willis Pope officiating. Private burial will follow at Jarrell Family Cemetery. Obituary Mr. Kenneth W. Jarrell, age 46, of Bloomfield Township, MI, formerly of the Rover community of Bedford Co., died Tues., Jan. 10, 2012. A native of Rutherford Co., Mr. Jarrell was a son of Ensley and Nancy Ann Sanders Jarrell. He was a patent attorney and a graduate of the University of Memphis with a degree in Engineering. He also received a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Columbia University School of Law in Columbus, OH. Mr. Jarrell was a member of Rover Baptist Church. Survived by a son, Nicolas Jarrell of Bloomfield Township, MI; 2 daughters, Ellyn and Caroline Jarrell, both of Bloomfield Township, MI; his parents, Enoch Ensley Jarrell, Sr. and Nancy Sanders Jarrell of the Rover community; 4 brothers, Gerald F. Jarrell of San Antonio, TX; Enoch E. Jarrell,Jr. of Smyrna, TN; Jimmy Jarrell and Michael A. Jarrell, both of the Rover community.
Kara Q January 13, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Rich-- I stated IMO the comment should be removed as it contained some comments that were inflammatory towards the victim, and for that reason only.... Of course no one can stop someone from making statements, but the patch, as a community centered online information source can choose to delete comments that may it or may not deem as appropriate or relevant. This conversation should be centered around the positive, and out of respect for the children, who may end up someday seeing things written here, I will delete my previous comments. I think this thread has devolved into something that is no longer adds any value, and takes the focus off of the fact that there are so many that are grieving this terrible loss. I would hope that Kelly will also remove her comment, for the sake of the children.
dana faye January 14, 2012 at 02:50 AM
If anyone knows how the Friend of the Court system "plays" the parents against one another and uses the children involved to provoke and make the parents keep filing/paying to schedule court appearances to correct what the FOC has purposely screwed up(parenting time,support,psycological evaluations etc)I wouldn't be suprised if there aren't more scenarios like this playing out.. The FOC doesn't care who gets hurt as long as they are generating an income for the system and their salaries. They keep messing with your family and causing so much stress with their crooked ways-that's where the laws need to be changed...FOC should not be allowed to harass families the way they do-they are causing more problems between divorcing parents/families that wouldn't be there if they were doing their jobs according to law and not to generate money by making judgements/orders over and over again that play parent against parent. If there is harmony in your divorce-Use the FOC system and there will no longer be harmony...quite the opposite. There needs to be a system supplanted that puts the childrens best interest first and doesn't use them to upset parent towards parent to generate monies.
dana faye January 14, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Dorothy, that "proper channel" to evaluate Kennys supposed mental issues wouldn't by any chance be the Friend of the Court system would it? That's the game the FOC plays...provoke one party to start harassing the other with evaluations, parent time changes ect.(an evaluation generates $ for many FoC employees). I bet the FOC provoked Susan to have a psycological evaluation ordered against Kenny. In later dates they would then involve the children getting evaluations(as if there were something "wrong" with the children for their parents divorcing)and yet later-the FOC would turn the tables and start making judgements in favor of Kenny to provoke Susan to have to pay for additional court appearances to have orders changed and back and forth. This FOC system provokes so much Strife between two people and ruins lives of the parents and children they drag under. You would only know the horror of this system if you have ever been forced to use the FOC system...it doesn't care that it hurts children, man or woman...as long as it is causing problems with you all-it is generating money for it's salaries etc. If Kenny didn't have mental issues...if Susan didn't have mental issues...they sure would probably need some kind of "help" after the FOC system was through with them...and also their children...Sadly. Don't judge unless you have been there.
Linda January 14, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Perhaps it is best if we let this aspect of the issue rest. If you knew Mrs. Jarrell at all, you would know that this stream of conversation, based on her very private life, would be most unwelcome and make her very uncomfortable. It is not our business to analyze what we think was going on behind the scenes. The bottom line is that two lives have tragically been lost and three children are without their parents. That's enough damage for now. Enough is enough.
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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