The search continues for a person of interest in the murder of a Chester doctor and teacher.
Investigators want to speak with Lloyd Warren Junior. He lived with Doctor Madalyn Carey, a medical assistant instructor at Virginia College. Her body was pulled from the Duxton Drive home after it went up in flames Tuesday. Late Wednesday afternoon, an autopsy revealed she had been shot.
Students and the college president say they learned about the shocking murder of one of their own Wednesday morning, and they prayed and kept hoping it wasn't their beloved Dr. Carey. Some of them gathered outside the college to show their love and support each other.
An impromptu vigil quickly formed after students connected with one another on social media. They lit candles and released red heart shaped balloons and gold stars saluting a love lost.
"She was a strong lady. She had a strong impact on us. She was like my second mom," said student Shuan Robertson.
Their faces and expressions are evidence of just how devastating it is to get confirmation that their instructor is the woman who was shot and found dead following a huge house fire. Virginia College President Tom Eastwood says students are still in shock and we haven't seen real grief yet.
"Replacing her is not going to be possible," Eastwood said. "A lot of what we are finding out, we didn't know she was doing for her students. Why they loved her so much. She's going to be missed for a long time."
Students, staff and faculty say Carey was a mentor and a counselor, always ready to help. They were compelled they say to do something in her honor.
"It means the world to me because she was there for me. So, I'm here for her," said student, Shadiamond Shearin.
But the flip side of love is hate and students expressed anger tonight. Police are investigating her death as a homicide and are still looking to question Warren.
They say they're very upset and felt something was wrong with Dr. Carey. They say they noticed something strange in her behavior, two weeks ago.
"She was always sad, moping around. It was always. She didn't feel good," said student Shaquaya Banta.
"Killing the sweetest lady in the world. She was like gold, honey. She was the kindest lady in the world," added Robertson.
Grief counselors will also be present at the school next week. Meanwhile, Warren Junior may be driving a black Nissan Altima with the Virginia plates WWA-2759. If you've seen him, call police.
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