Neighbors discuss death of Lafayette school teacher

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Tippecanoe County Coroner Donna Avolt said gunshot wounds are the preliminary cause of death of a Lafayette art teacher found outside her home Wednesday evening.

That’s after an autopsy was performed Thursday afternoon.

The investigation into the death of 52-year-old Kristi Redmon is still active at this point.

As of Thursday evening, officers were still on scene sifting through debris on the ground outside the home. Now, neighbors are wanting to know who would want to kill the woman they said was kind and kept to herself.

“I’ve always felt safe here,” said neighbor Richard Tennell. “I’ve never felt afraid here at all.”

Neighbor Paul DeBonte added, “Generally, quiet. People come and go, but overall it’s a fairly sedate neighborhood.”

Residents in Lafayette’s Hedgewood neighborhood said it’s always been a quiet place to call home. That’s until police responded to a call of shots fired at a home in the 1300 block of Ridgeway Avenue Wednesday evening.

“We were first aware of it when we saw the lights from the police cars coming in through the curtains,” said DeBonte. “The strobe effect was hard to ignore.”

When DeBonte looked outside, he said he saw police swarming the home across the street. He was shocked to find out police were investigating the death of his neighbor Redmon.

He said Redmon never caused any problems for anyone in the neighborhood.

“It’s a terrible situation,” said DeBonte. “I never heard anything that would indicate that someone might want her dead.”

Richard Tennell lives one street over and said he often passes the home while walking his dogs. He said it’s disturbing to have something like this happen so close to home.

“Just the way it happened and how close I was to where it happened when it happened,” said Tennell. “It’s really kind of frightening, but I don’t know how to feel about it until I know exactly what did happen.”

A makeshift memorial with flowers and drawings has been started outside Redmon’s home.

Lafayette police detectives said they have no reason to believe this is anything more than an isolated incident.

Police said, so far, they have no people of interest.

Anyone who may have more information about Redmon’s death is asked to call the Lafayette Police Department at 765-807-1200.