Texas Rangers, FBI assisting in Barnhill slaying probe

The Texas Rangers and Lufkin office of the FBI have begun helping Nacogdoches police in their investigation into the Melissa Barnhill slaying, according to a media advisory.

The advisory stated several have called or come to the police department Friday to give more information into the case. Investigators are following those leads, the advisory stated.

Detectives are processing physical evidence in the case and have submitted some items to the DPS laboratory for analysis, the advisory stated.

Melissa Kessinger Barnhill died Wednesday night from a single gunshot wound to her neck. According to officials, she was cooking dinner for her small children when she was shot.

The police department stated in the advisory that they wanted to stress nobody has been ruled out as a suspect in the case.

Regents Academy in Nacogdoches has set up a benefit for Barnhill's daughters. To donate to the benefit, go to http://www.regentsacademy.org/.

Check back to KTRE.com for more updates and tune into East Texas News at 5 and KTRE News at 6 and 10 to hear interviews with Barnhill's family and pastor.