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Police: Former Winthrop Board of Trustees Chair killed in murder-suicide

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ROCK HILL, SC (WBTV) -

Faculty and staff at Winthrop University are mourning the loss of a former Board of Trustees chairperson, Tuesday, who Rock Hill police say was a victim of a murder-suicide.

All was quiet and somber Tuesday morning in the 1600 block of Huntcliff Drive, but Rock Hill Police say that wasn't the case early Monday morning.

Officials say that's when a care provider walked into the home of James and Dr. Mary Martin and found a gruesome discovery.

"It appears at this time that the man shot the woman and then shot himself, so we're looking at it as a murder-suicide," said Rock Hill Police Capt. Mark Bollinger.

Police don't have a motive for the shooting, but say the married couple had no run-ins with the law.

Dr. Mary Martin was well known in the Rock Hill community for serving on the Board of Trustees at Winthrop University from 1994 to 2006.

One Winthrop University official WBTV spoke with said she'll remember Dr. Martin as a kind and caring woman, always trying to do better for her community.

"She was the ultimate educator. She was a leader. I always admire the fact that she was a woman who'd risen to the top of her profession," said Winthrop Alumni Association Executive Director Dr. Debbie Garrick.

Dr. Garrick says she was shocked to hear of Dr. Martin's death.

Dr. Martin was a part of a handful of organizations on Winthrop's campus and heavily involved in education.

Before Winthrop, Dr. Martin worked in the York County/Rock Hill school system. Before that, she was an assistant superintendent in Georgia.

"There's really a void when you lose an alum that's been a leader as she was so we'll miss her very much," said Dr. Garrick.

Now, this community is left to grieve over a life taken too soon.

Friends of Dr. Martin say she and James Martin didn't have any children together, but they say she is survived by children from a previous marriage.

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