Kennedale junior high teacher one of two found dead in Arlington

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A man found shot to death in an Arlington sports bar parking lot early Monday was a 27-year-old Kennedale Junior High School English teacher, officials said.

John Ross Shreves of Plano was pronounced dead at the scene early Monday. He was shot in the neck and head by a handgun, and his death was a homicide, the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office reported.

Shreves’ slaying was one of two apparent homicides over the weekend in Arlington.

About 8 p.m. Sunday, officers conducting a welfare check at a residence in the 5300 block of Wild West Way found a woman’s body. She was identified late Monday as Signe Edwards, 67.

Investigators do not believe those deaths are related, nor are they related to two other homicides in Arlington in the past week, a police spokeswoman said.

Shreves was found about 2 a.m. Monday after someone called 911 to report a man dead in a vehicle in the parking lot of No Frills Grill & Sports Bar, 4914 Little Road.

Officers found Shreves in the driver’s seat with the driver’s window shattered, they said.

“It is early in the investigation, and detectives are going through all of the evidence at the scene and developing a timeline of what the victim did in the hours and moments leading up to his death,” said Tiara Ellis Richard, an Arlington police spokeswoman, in a news release.

Shreves taught seventh-grade writing and eighth-grade English at Kennedale Junior High, his second year at the school, according to the Kennedale school district website. He had taught in the district for three years. He graduated from Kennedale High School in 2004 and earned a degree from the University of North Texas in Denton in 2008.

Shreves was certified to teach English language arts in grades four through 12 as well as composite social studies in grades eight through 12, the website stated.

“I love writing,” Shreves said on the website. “I strive to pass on that passion to my students.”

The other death was discovered about 8 p.m. Sunday, when officers conducted a welfare check at a residence in the 5300 block of Wild West Way after family members called 911 to say they had not heard from Edwards.

Officers could see someone inside not moving, they said. They entered the residence and found her dead with signs of trauma on her body.

The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office identified Edwards late Monday but did not immediately rule on the manner and cause of death.

If her death is ruled a homicide, she and Shreves would be the third and fourth in the past week in Arlington and the fifth this year.

On June 4, Leona Swafford was carjacked as she pulled her 2010 Lincoln MKZ into her driveway in the 400 block of Sussex Drive. She was found dead about 3 miles away, and her car was abandoned near the Arlington police east substation.

On Wednesday, Donsha Hughes, 19, was shot to death in his driveway after he received a call to meet someone outside his home, investigators said.

Investigators do not believe any of the deaths are connected, Richard said.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

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