Memorial Set for Slain Teacher

Students returned to class Monday at Livingston High School. Black ribbons were hung on doors throughout the campus in memory of teacher, Starrick Gray, who was shot and killed Jan. 20.

"If any of you need to see a grief counselor, please notify the office," came an announcement over the school's speaker system.

Faculty, staff and students are trying to cope with the tragic loss of one of their own.

A 32-year-old special education teacher, Gray was gunned down just outside the building Wednesday, allegedly by her husband, Telvin Gray. He remained in the Sumter County Jail Monday, charged with murder.

As the school reopened, about a dozen counselors with Alabama Mental Health, UWA's counseling program and from other schools within the district were on hand to help.

"We asked students if they wanted to speak to someone. It didn't have to be a counselor; it could be a teacher or someone like that," said superintendent Dr. Fred Primm. "The response has been wonderful. It has been good. The students have responded well. Of course, with employees, when you have a situation like this, some may take it probably worse than others."

That's why Primm says the district is providing information for all at the school who might need to contact a counselor outside campus.

"We encourage parents to talk to their students and make sure everything is fine," said Primm. "If for some reason they think something is out of the ordinary then they need to contact some of these agencies like: Alabama Mental Health or the University of West Alabama's Counseling program."

Primm says counselors will remain on the campus as long as they are needed.

"One of the things that we're just trying to communicate is that we're going to move from this event and celebrate life and legacy and use it as leverage, as a spring board, to do some successful things at the school," Primm said.

A memorial service for Starrick Gray will be held Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the Livingston High School auditorium.

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  • by Goldie Location: Waynesboro on Jan 27, 2010 at 06:31 AM
    To the family my prayers are with you. I did not know her but my heart beats heavily hearing of this situation. I too have experienced abuse and it come from the "Pretenders"who ministers the word of God. I will be glad when The "King JESUS" say enough. He will handle him and he must know not only does he have to stand before the judge down here, but there is a Higher Priest(Thank You Jesus), a Higher Priest that's going to judge and going to evaluate this whole thing and He's going to make that Final sentence. Family, be strong,trust our God. I was listening and they said a 75,000 dollar bond, it shouldn't be one. This person took a life at her defenseless time, in front of children. Well, Thank You Jesus for Being The Overall Master. God Bless you1
  • by M&M Location: Sumter on Jan 26, 2010 at 05:32 PM
    I send my deepest sympathy out 2 da family,Kids and Friends of~Mrs.Gray~..I didn't know her but it is very sad lord knows she did not deserve this..her husband should get the death sentence 4 this..there is no mercy 4 Mr.Gray ..How can he even call himself a child of god.
  • by Sara on Jan 25, 2010 at 03:30 PM
    I did not know Mrs. Gray and have no connection to Livingston, but I extend my heartfelt sympathy to those who know and loved this lady. This was a tragic thing to happen. May God help you to deal with your loss.
  • by Marc Location: Atlanta, Georgia on Jan 25, 2010 at 03:25 PM
    Starrick (Super Star) you are such a special person and I thank God for putting you in my life. This will never make sense to me. You will truly be missed by your friends in Atlanta and will remain in our hearts forever! To mother,brother,Jaylin and Jerion you will always be in our thoughts and prayers.
  • by Laureen Davis Location: Cuba, Alabama on Jan 25, 2010 at 01:55 PM
    This is an incident without merit,for it served no purpose at all; This was a very intelligent young woman who had everything to live for, and for someone to commit such a horrendous act is uncivilized. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to her entire family. Wanda, know that God will put no more on us than we can bear. He will see you through this; that I am sure of. We love you and are praying for you.
  • by A FRIEND Location: tuscaloosa, alabama on Jan 25, 2010 at 01:53 PM
    Star we will truly miss your wonderful smile and of course your kind and giving ways! Star was the person kind of person that if she had $1 million dollars she would give it all away to those in need. She never met a stranger. Jaylin and Jerion (My 2J's) you will always be in our prayers. To mother and brother - we will continue to pray and uplift you as well. Star took pride in her daily work with special needs children - ALWAYS GOING THE EXTRA MILE just for them. STAR YOU WILL BE MISSED!
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