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NEW ZION - An investigation into the deaths of a Laurence Manning Academy teacher and her husband show both died from gunshots and that a handgun was found near the man's body.
Clarendon County Coroner Bucky Mock released initial autopsy results Monday morning for Jessica Purvis McFaddin, 40, and Samuel Raymond McFaddin III, 39. The two were found at their New Zion home by her father Thursday morning, according to a Clarendon County Sheriff's Office incident report obtained by The Sumter Item.
Deputies were dispatched to the scene on a call of a possible homicide-domestic violence/suicide, though neither Mock nor Clarendon County Sheriff Baxley has confirmed the case was a murder-suicide.
When deputies arrived at the Carmel Lane residence about 7:40 a.m. on Oct. 31, they found two bodies. Jessica McFaddin was found on the front porch to the right of the front door in an upright position. Her back was leaning on something, and she appeared to the deputy to be lifeless, according to the report.
Her husband was found lying on his back in the front yard, also lifeless, with a handgun located between his legs, the report says.
Their two children were not mentioned in the report's narrative or as being present.
Jessica McFaddin taught history and served as the yearbook adviser and director of public information for LMA, a K3-12 private Christian-faith school just northwest of the City of Manning.
An annual scary hayride was changed to a “Hey Hay Glow Ride” on Halloween weekend, where the school sold glow sticks and donated a portion of the proceeds to the McFaddin children. The school canceled its Thursday night B-team and junior varsity games versus Wilson Hall, and its varsity football team took a knee at Friday’s game in their teacher’s memory.
Her funeral service was held Monday morning, for which school was canceled. Her obituary that ran over the weekend in The Sumter Item has no mention of her deceased husband. She would have turned 41 on Nov. 10.
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