A long time teacher's aide for the Tenaha ISD was shot apparently by her estranged husband, who then investigators say turned the gun on himself.
He is 42 year old Porter Perry. He's been in trouble for drugs. A city marshal confirmed there are allegations against Porter Perry for sexual assault. His daughter said he wanted to spend the holidays with his family, but some time Friday her parents got into a deadly fight.
The tragic incident left four siblings without parents.
The family photo of Nicole and Porter Perry exhibits no family dysfunction, but pictures can be deceiving. The couple's eldest son, named for his father, said in his Facebook message, "I can say my family had its ups and down agreements and disagreements."
He continued, "They are in a better place by the grace of God. I love you mama and daddy."
A daughter, 17 year old Porscha, said the estranged husband and father showed up on Thanksgiving Day. By Friday morning, the apparent murder-suicide happened in Nicole Perry's front yard on Motley Street.
During a press conference Monday afternoon, City Marshal Jimmy Wagstaff said he was called out to Motley Street at about 10:15 a.m. Friday in reference to the murder-suicide.
"The woman had what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the back of the head," Jimmy Wagstaff said. "And the man had a gunshot wound to the head."
Porscha said her brother witnessed the shooting. An aunt revealed the same information. Wagstaff, who says the case is still under investigation said, "You got more information than I have. I was not aware of any eyewitnesses."
Wagstaff wouldn't divulge if an arrest warrant had been issued for Porter Perry prior to the shooting, but confirmed sexual assault allegations against Porter Perry.
Tenaha High School has rallied in support of the four siblings - two brothers who recently graduated, Porscha, and her sister Kyesha. Both the girls are in band, and Porscha is a senior cheerleader. They were on a school bus headed to a playoff game when they got the news their parents were dead.
"Many of our staff members sprung into action. did what they could to console, and, you know, as you can imagine, the kids basically went into shock," said Scott Tyner, the superintendent of Tenaha ISD.
Nicole Perry died just blocks from where she worked. She taught special needs students as a way to support her family.
"It's just senseless. It's nonsensical for someone to be brought to this action," Tyner said. "There's nothing that justifies that."
Tyner said no Perry child will go in need during the upcoming holidays as fund drives have already begun. Of course, nothing can replace losing two parents under such tragic circumstances.
The apparent murder suicide remains under investigation. Autopsies are being performed as family members plan two funerals. The daughter says attempts are being made to hold her mother's service in the Tenaha gym.
Tyner posted the following message to the school's Facebook page:
"Dear TISD Family, All too often, we have come together to endure inexplicable tragedies. Over and over again the resolve of The people of Tenaha has shined and repeatedly set examples of how to turn tragedy into inspiration. Earlier today as we all joined to go to Palestine for the Tigers Third round football playoff, we learned of the tragic loss of TISD employee Nicole Perry. This tragedy was and is a senseless act of selfishness and nonsensical violence. Furthermore, this tragedy now leaves a great family at a loss and some fantastic kids without their parents. I am calling on our Tiger Family once again to lock arms and wrap them around Porter, Demarcus, Laporscha, and Kyesha to do all we can to lift them up and give them light in this time of darkness."