Teachers remember former Fairfield principal killed in apparent murder-suicide

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SHELBY COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE (11/19): Fairfield City Schools has released information on Tracy Ford, one of the two people killed in an apparent murder-suicide Sunday evening.

Fairfield City Schools posted an obituary for Ford, saying he “led with remarkable energy and passion for education.”

Coworkers and colleagues of Ford saw he was exceptionally kind and always happy. He made a point to make others smile when he started his day.

“He had a habit in the mornings, he’d hug every lady in the building, and shake every man’s hand,” said Walt Curry. Curry worked alongside Ford for the last five years. He said this week has been tough, with no friendly hugs or handshakes to start the day. “I can tell you, for a long time, it’s going to be tough. You’re gonna miss him being nice to people.”

Those that worked with Ford said it was hard to find someone that didn’t like him. “The secretary to the people who sweep the floors to the superintendent. It just shows you what he meant,” said Jennifer Gonsoulin.

Ford’s funeral will be on Saturday at 1 p.m. in his hometown of Uniontown. His coworkers said Ford is survived by several sisters.

Ford was named principal of Robinson Elementary School before moving up to the Director of Human Resources and Data Analyst for FCS.

“His untimely death will leave a lasting mark in all of our hearts. He will truly be missed by us all. We extend our condolences to Tracy’s family, and pray for their healing through this loss,” the post read.

No other information on the incident that occurred Sunday night has been released at this time.

UPDATE (11/18) — The victims from the Sunday night murder-suicide have been identified as Timothy Ackers, 35, and Tracy Ford, 35.

ORIGINAL (11/18): The Shelby County Sheriff’s office is investigating after two people were found dead in an apartment complex Sunday night.

According to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, there was an increased officer presence in the 400 block of Meadow Drive in the unincorporated part of the county. This is located off Brook Highland Parkway.

Deputies said they received a call after 6:30 p.m. about a possible altercation. Neighbors were asked to stay inside or avoid the area while deputies investigated.

Deputies responded to the area to investigate the situation and developed information indicating that at least one person was possibly armed with a gun inside the residence, and deputies were unable to make contact with the person.

When deputies entered the apartment, they say they found two people dead inside. Investigators say this incident involves two adults. They also say they feel confident this is an isolated incident.

As soon as we learn more, we will update this story.

Anyone with additional information about this crime should contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office directly at (205) 669-4181, the Secret Witness line at (205) 669-9116


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