The pair was found deceased at a home on Dorster Street in Fishers, a town outside Indianapolis after someone called 911 saying they’d heard gunshots.
Police officials indicated that it was a murder-suicide.
“Based on the information we’ve gathered so far, we do not believe that there is anybody else involved in this incident,” Fishers Police Sgt. Tom Weger told WTTV. The cause of death was not released pending autopsies.
The pair was initially not identified but it later emerged they were both teachers and were married to each other.
Frank Sergi, 52, was an art teacher at Fall Creek Intermediate, according to the district’s website, and an author, according to his Twitter profile.
His wife, Kristal Sergi, 44, was a preschool teacher at Hoosier Road Elementary, according to her Twitter page, where she regularly posted pictures of her students.
The couple had a 10-year-old son together but he was not at home when police officers arrived at the scene, Fishers Police spokesman Sgt. Tom Weger told the Indianapolis Star. Court records indicated that the pair filed for a divorce in August but still needed to complete paperwork to finalize it. They had also recently put their home up for sale.
Neighbors said they were shocked by what happened.
“They’re going through a divorce and I know that can be really rough,” Michael Jensen told Fox 2. “But to see this it’s like wow. How and why would it drive someone to do something so sad and tragic. Unbelievable.”
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— Scribbles By Sergi (@SergiScribbles) October 10, 2018
The Hamilton Southeastern School District released a statement saying that classes were canceled on Oct. 25 at Hoosier Road Elementary School and Fall Creek Intermediate Schools due to the deaths so students could get grief counseling.
“It is with great sadness that we have learned of the sudden passing of two longtime staff members during an incident Wednesday evening. Fishers Police Department is leading the investigation, and we will be supporting them in their efforts,” the district said in a statement.
“We are currently working through our district’s crisis response team, which includes mental health professionals, to provide much-needed support during this difficult time,” the statement concluded.
Last night was a difficult night for our community. See below for my statement. https://t.co/IAOVKHSLpA
— Scott Fadness (@ScottFadness) October 25, 2018
Scott Fadness, mayor of Fishers, said in a statement that the deaths were a “tragic incident.”
“Fishers Police Department continues to conduct a thorough investigation and details will be released as they become available and when appropriate,” he said. “On behalf of the entire Fishers community, our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to the family and their loved ones.”
At a vigil held on Thursday night, Fadness told the crowd: “I’m not certain any of us are equipped to comprehend how these things happen. I encourage you to pursue solace in your faith, family, friends, and community.”