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Cynthia Peak Nashville Resident Slain In Tragic School Shooting

Cynthia Peak Nashville resident, was one of the victims of the shooting that occurred at The Covenant Presbyterian School in Tennessee, resulting in the tragic deaths of three adults and three children.

Cynthia Peak, 61, a substitute teacher at the school, was one of the victims. According to a family friend, Peak was a native of Leesville, Louisiana, and spent most of her youth in Vernon Parish.

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Cynthia Peak Nashville
Cynthia Peak Nashville

Although she did not graduate from Leesville High School, she returned to visit throughout the years and attended LHS reunions.

Cynthia Peak graduated from Captain Shreve High School in 1979 and from college at TCU in 1983.

She and her family had lived in Alabama and, most recently, in Tennessee, where the shooting took place. Cynthia Peak is survived by her husband, daughter, and two sons.

The other two adult victims were identified as the head of the school, Dr. Katherine Koonce, 60, and a custodian, Mike Hill, 61. The three nine-year-old child victims were identified as Evenlyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs, and William Kinney.

Scruggs was the daughter of Chad Scruggs, the senior pastor at Covenant Presbyterian Church, which is affiliated with the school.

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The shooter, identified as Audrey Hale, 28, was a former student at the school. Hale was armed with at least two assault rifles and a handgun during the attack.

Authorities said Hale was killed by law enforcement. Police said their preliminary investigation indicates that Hale was at one time a student at the school, but it was not clear when he may have attended.

Covenant Presbyterian School is a private Christian school founded in 2001 with 33 teachers and up to 210 students from preschool through 6th grade.

The shooter entered the school through a side door and moved from the first floor to the second floor, firing multiple shots, according to Metropolitan Nashville Police Department spokesman Don Aaron.

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Responding officers saw the shooter firing on the second level and engaged, resulting in Hale’s death.

This tragic incident has deeply affected the community and has brought attention to the issue of gun violence in the United States.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to the families and loved ones of all those affected by this senseless act of violence.

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