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Sadness over ex-teacher's death

Rachel Entwistle, Lillian Entwistle
The couple moved to the US after their daughter was born

Staff and pupils at a British school have expressed shock at the fatal shooting of a former teacher in the US.

Rachel Entwistle's husband Neil is being sought by police after she and baby daughter Lillian were found shot dead at their home in Massachusetts.

Mrs Entwistle taught drama and English at St Augustine's Catholic School in Redditch, Worcs, between 2002 and 2005.

"Rachel was very much liked by all in the school," head teacher Yvonne Brennan told the BBC.

"She was a very much respected form teacher and in English and drama and I think there is a feeling of great and deep sadness.

"The community will come together to pray for Rachel and her family back in the US."

'Happy times'

Mrs Entwhistle, an American, met her husband at York University and after pursuing her teaching career in Worcestershire, they moved to the US shortly after their daughter was born in April last year.

Former pupils have been posting messages on a website Mrs Entwistle, 27, and her husband set up at the time of their wedding in 2003.

One entry read: "When we heard we cried! You will really be missed! We loved u as a teacher! U always made us smile and laugh. R.I.P you will always be missed! From pupils at Saint Augustine's."

We were lucky to have known you, you have touched our lives
Entwistle family website posting

A student, Katie James, said Mrs Entwistle had been her form tutor at St Augustine's and was "such a kind and bubbly person, everything you wanted a teacher to be".

In another message, Lynn and Darren White said they had "shared happy times" with the couple on a Mediterranean cruise in 2004.

"We were lucky to have known you, you have touched our lives," they added.

In the Entwistles' most recent posting on the website, they talked of looking forward to Christmas and of their daughter's baptism.

"The three of us are doing well and are looking forward to the coming holiday season," they wrote.

"The baptism was wonderful and Lilly looked perfect."

They signed off: "Love, the happy family."

Mrs Entwistle's body and that of nine-month-old Lillian were found in bed at their home in Hopkinton on Sunday night.

Post-mortem examinations showed Mrs Entwistle had died from a shot to the head, while Lillian was shot in the body.



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