A woman who was shot to death Sunday afternoon at her home in east Fort Worth has been identified as a librarian at Texas Wesleyan University, authorities said Monday.
The woman’s 5-year-old daughter was in the house on Castleview Drive at the time of the shooting, but she was not injured, police said.
Neither police nor the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office has identified the woman, but Wesleyan officials said the victim was Martha Kate Wiant, 38, an employee of the university.
“This is a terrible loss for Texas Wesleyan,” John Veilleux, the university’s vice president for marketing and communications, said Monday in an email. Wiant was lead reference and instruction librarian at the university..
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“Martha ‘Kate’ Wiant was a beloved co-worker and friend who was cherished across campus by students, faculty and staff,’ Veilleux said. “She always went above and beyond to help others and had a true passion for reading, books and education. Our hearts are with Kate’s family and many friends.”
Officials at the medical examiner’s office identified Jeremy J. Wiant as the man found dead at that same residence on Castleview Drive.
Police have said that the Sunday afternoon incident was a domestic dispute that ended in a murder-suicide. Public records showed that Jeremy Wiant was married to Kate Wiant and lived at that residence.
The young girl who was in the house during the shooting is the daughter of Jeremy and Kate Wiant.
Patrol officers responded to a shooting call shortly after 12:30 p.m. Sunday in the 2000 block of Castleview Drive in far east Fort Worth near the Arlington city limit.
Kate Wiant told a dispatcher that she had been shot, according to police reports.
“The woman was located at the end of the driveway near the sidewalk upon officers’ arrival,” officer Jimmy Pollozani said in a Monday email.
At Texas Wesleyan, grief counseling is available through the employee assistance program, 817-531-4443.
Kate Wiant was shot in the shoulder and neck area and taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, where she died a short time later, officials said.
Jeremy Wiant was found dead inside the front door, officials said, and a weapon was nearby.
Police did not release information on what happened before the shooting.
The couple filed for bankruptcy in April, according to federal court documents in Fort Worth, which say she was a librarian at Wesleyan for the last six years. Her husband stayed at home with their young daughter
The couple listed 50 creditors they owed $100,000 to $500,000. One of their biggest debts was student loans, owing more than $178,000, according to the documents. They listed their assets at $100,001 to $500,000, the documents stated.
The couple had a court date on the bankruptcy set for next month, according to the documents.
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