TOWN & COUNTRY, Mo.– A former Indiana University cheerleader is dead and her husband is behind bars charged with murder.
William Lynn Gunter, 59, has been charged with first degree murder in the death of Suzanne Gunter, 55, according to St. Louis County Police.
The Gunters lived in Town & Country, Mo., near St. Louis. Suzanne died on Monday, March 18.
Town and Country police said neighbors were called to the house by the husband, who claimed his wife had fallen down the stairs and was injured.
Police were dispatched to the home around 3:00 p.m. and found her severely injured. She was taken to an area hospital, where she later died.
An autopsy indicated Gunter’s injuries were not consistent with the report given to police. The case was turned over to homicide detectives Tuesday. She suffered a head trauma, and authorities allege Suzanne was hit by her husband.
Suzanne, also known as Suzy, was well-known and liked by her friends and colleagues. She graduated from IU in 1980 and from North Central High School in 1976.
“Everyone that I spoke to in the last few days all said the same thing: she was a beautiful person,” said Gigi Larmour-Goldin, who cheered with Suzy at IU. “She always had a sparkle in her eye, always smiling.”
Funeral services are set for Friday.
Gunter is being held in jail without bond.
“It’s just an awful situation,” Larmour-Goldin said. “We’re all just very sad about this and our thoughts and prayers go out to her family.”