Purdue professor shot, husband dead after apparent murder-suicide attempt

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WEST LAFAYETTE (Jan. 31, 2014) – A Purdue University professor was seriously injured and her husband killed in what appeared to be an attempted murder-suicide.

Marcia Gentry, 51, is in serious condition after being shot multiple times inside a home in the 4000 block of Farmstead Lane. Her husband, 64-year-old William Byers, was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot. Police were called to the home around 8:45 p.m. Thursday.

Gentry was taken to IU Health Arnett Hospital before being transferred to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis with multiple gunshot wounds to her lower extremities, according to the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office.

Gentry is a professor in Purdue’s Department of Educational Studies and Gifted, Creative and Talented Studies. The university’s website also lists her as the director of the Gifted Education Resource Institute.

The news comes as Purdue holds a “Day of Healing” following the Jan. 21 shooting that killed student Andrew Boldt.