Fike teacher killed in apparent murder-suicide

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Students and staff at Fike High School are mourning the loss of beloved teacher Pamela Eatmon.

Authorities say her husband, 48-year-old Anthony Lee Eatmon, killed the 46-year-old in an apparent murder-suicide Tuesday night. The husband worked at Smithfield Packing, according to an incident report.

Wilson County Sheriff’s deputies responded to 5609 Wellons Court in Black Creek shortly before 11 p.m. to what was believed to have been a burglary in progress, according to Wanda Samuel, sheriff’s office chief of staff.

“Unfortunately, we are now investigating a murder-suicide at the residence,” Samuel said. “Due to the sensitivity of the case, we will not be releasing details of the investigation. Our hearts and prayers are with the family during this time.”

Pamela Eatmon taught at various schools within the district for two decades. She was a family and consumer science teacher at Fike for 10 years.

We have additional counselors at the school today to help comfort students and staff,” said Amber Lynch, Wilson County Schools spokesperson. “She was so loved. It’s beyond heartbreaking.”

“Ms. Eatmon was a beloved member of our Fike family,” said Fike Principal Randy St. Clair. “She was like a mother to all of us, and we are heartbroken. I ask that everyone please keep her family, as well as our staff and students, in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

Tragedy has struck the family before. The Eatmons’ 14-year-old son, Anthony D. Eatmon, died in February 2009 after collapsing during a basketball practice at Hunt High School, The Wilson Times reported at that time.