Karen Smith, an Executive Assistant at UT Southwestern, Was Shot to Death in a School Parking Garage [Updated]

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Update at 10:23 a.m.: Police have identified the suspected shooter as 41-year-old Ferdinand Glen Smith, who has been charged with murder. He's being identified in media reports as Karen Smith's husband.

Update at 12:42 p.m.: The Morning News reports that the Ferdinand Smith has a history of abusing his wife that stretches back more than a decade. He was convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in 1999 and received 10 years probation, which he successfully completed.

Karen Smith's stepfather, Lewis Horton, told the News that there had been other incidents -- threats and beatings and an attempted strangulation -- but apparently nothing that resulted in additional criminal charges.

Ferdinand Smith allegedly confronted his wife in the parking garage last night with the gun he carries as a security guard at the Faith Family Academy charter school. The couple reportedly has three kids, ages 8, 14, and 18.

Original post: Last night at about 7:45 p.m., five shots rang out at a UT Southwestern parking garage.
School police arrived minutes later and began conducting a floor-by-floor search. On the fourth floor is where Dallas police say they found the body of Karen Cox Smith, a 40-year-old executive assistant, lying face-up on the ground, her head and upper body riddled with multiple gunshot wounds.

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"Nothing like this has happened here in three decades," UT Southwestern spokesman Russell Rian told WFAA.

According to a post on UT Southwestern's Facebook page last night, the school does "not believe this to be a random incident." They updated their page this morning to report that a suspect, who has not yet been identified, has been arrested.

"[P]olice believe this was an isolated domestic incident," the post said. "This tragedy remains under investigation by UT Southwestern Police and Dallas Police."

According to public salary data, Smith has worked at the school for just over two years in the office of the executive vice president for health system affairs.



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rusknative
rusknative

where are the New Blank Panters and Al Sharphead and Jessup Jackass to jump on this TRAVESTY and use of GUNS against BLACK PEOPLE.  Was she carrying skittles and tea and wearing a hoodie to cover her gold grillworks? selling joints? working the Johns in the garage for her homieboy?  where is the BLAck outrage over this racial example of an educated black woman getting murdered brutally by a gun toting black man with bad uncontrolled anger issues......we need a law banning gun ownership by black men, and if they own an assault rifle, they should be lynched on the spot.

mlecjailer
mlecjailer

I knew the Smith family from coaching their son Trevor. They seemed so happy and involved with the kids during all sporting events. They were heavily involved in church at I.B.O.C. Remember the real victims which were the four kids who lost both of their parents. I hope they are able to cope with this and keep their faith in God.

anonymous56
anonymous56

Leave the BLACK MEN alone.  they are violent and are not happy until they end up locked up like a caged animal.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Turns out Ferdinand Smith was beating his wife for years, and was employed as a security guard at a school.  So much for arming guards in schools.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Quickly labeling this murder "domestic violence" doesn't diminish the fact that it was another instance of rampant gun violence that must be curbed.

animas
animas

Clearly, we now need Parking Garage Control because unlimited utilization of parking garages can kill people.  And BTW ,Mr. Schutze has already absolved the families (parents) of mass  murderers from any responsibility for those under their roof--See "Bad To The Bone", which by extension must include participants in "domestic violence".

animas
animas

Judging from her UTSW staff photo printed in the DMN, she appears to be a white lady, not that it should matter.  It's all sad.  But Jim Schutze informs us--in thew midst of media and institutional dysfunctional propaganda generating  confusion and chaos- that it is WE who"have a negative image of society/ Amercian life".  Sure...

rusknative
rusknative

@mlecjailer maybe they have a faith in GOD...but I suspect they are going to not have ANY FAITH in BLACK MEN.

animas
animas

That's pretty abstract.  The guy didn't shot other people in the public parking garage, only his wife.   BTW-There's already almost every kind of crime in public schools.  We need Parking Garage and Public School Control. Unlimited access of human beings (excused of every personal responsibility by the media/societal-family dysfunction)  to enter public places should be limited by the government-- (parking garages and public schools kill people)!

rusknative
rusknative

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz why does any woman hang around a man that beats her for years? what happened to personal responsibility for your OWN safety.  thought women were all equal and competent and independent since the 1970s.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz you are right, Id love to see the crime scene where he slashed and stabbed her 200 hundred times instead of just shooting her 5

rusknative
rusknative

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz the gun was just the weapon that he had because he is a security guard for his job.  he could have also used a knife, baseball bat, or his fist.  has NOTHING to do with "rampant gun violence"...more people are murdered annually with hammers than with guns.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz so have you seen the update on the story.  NO?  Ok here you go.  the gun he used to kill her was his service weapon from his job as a security guard.  So we gonna disarm police and security guards too?

Heino2012
Heino2012

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Compared to the tens of millions of responsible gun owners who have never hurt anyone?  Let's not get all meshugana, sweetie.  

rusknative
rusknative

@animas no....all citizens should be forced to stay at home in their dwellings and only venture out when accompanied by a government provided armed bodyguard....guaranting lots of jobs for unemployed black security guards with anger issues.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@ScottsMerkin If I had a kid in that school I'd yank her the hell out of there in a New York minute!  Don't those friggin' assholes do background checks?

morrainepeak
morrainepeak

Actually you are a very nice lady and a responsible cat owner, but you shouldn't use those Joan Rivers Cosmetics from the Shopping Channel.

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