Cathedral High School to hold prayer service Tuesday for female victim of Carmel murder-suicide

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Hundreds of people attended a service at St. Louis de Montfort Catholic Church Monday evening for a second grade teacher who was killed Sunday evening in a murder-suicide in Carmel.

Cathedral High School is holding a prayer service for the teacher, Shannon Hall, at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the school's Joe O'Malia Performing Arts Center, 5225 E. 56th St.

Shannon Hall was shot and killed by her ex-husband, according to police, before he turned the gun on himself. Their two young children - ages 8 and 10 - were in the home on Somerset Way near 116th Street & Gray Road when it happened.

"We are shocked and saddened to learn of this tragedy in our community," said Annette Jones, principal of the St. Louis de Montfort Catholic School in Fishers where Hall taught for 12 years. "Surely our thoughts and prayers are with the family as we struggle with our own grief in losing such a valued member of our staff. Teachers, staff and our parish community will continue to pray and support family members in whatever way we can, especially the children as we prepare and begin this new school year."

Police received the call of a person shot around 8:00 Sunday night. They arrived to find 38-year-old David Hall and 40-year-old Shannon Hall shot to death. Shannon's parents were also at the home at the time of the shooting, according to Major Lee Goodman with Carmel Police.

Family and friends quickly arrived at the scene as police were processing it.

Monday, a meeting for the teaching staff at St Louis de Montfort Catholic Church grew into an impromptu vigil as others just started showing up.

Father John Kiefer said he was not going to try to make sense of the crime at the vigil - because he can't.

"No I don't think I have to make sense of it because it doesn't make sense. This is out of order. This is not the way life is supposed to work," Father John Kiefer offered.

"I will remember Shannon sunshiny and smiling," said Shannon Hall's sister, Janet Andriole.Andriole knew Shannon Hall as a sister, but also as an aunt, mother, and educator.

"Shannon disciplined in the most unique way. She could never tell somebody what they were doing wrong, without adding an 'I love you,' or 'You can do better next time.' Children who had her absolutely loved her," Andriole said.

Shannon and her family have a deep history in central Indiana.

A graduate of Cathedral High School, her maiden name was O'Malia of O'Malia’s Food Markets.

"Our family is amazing. Everybody in it contributes in some way. And no matter if you've been here for four weeks or 40 years or 84 years, you are as valuable as any other member," Andriole said.

Shannon and her former husband had finalized their divorce earlier this month, with plans to share custody of their two young boys.

"Overboard, overboard into those boys. Happy, wanted the best for them, their biggest cheerleader. She just loved them like moms and dads do," Andriole said.