A Seymour woman shot and killed her grandson before turning the gun on herself Monday evening at the home they shared on the city’s far south side, police report.
Police responding to the report of a person being shot found 68-year-old Wanda J. Huber outside the home she had owned since January 2005 at 1705 S. Walnut St.
They also found her grandson, Simon Huber, 15, with a gunshot wound outside, which is across from the entrance to Freeman Field Industrial Park.
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Simon was airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, where he died early Tuesday, Seymour Police Chief Bill Abbott said.
According to police reports, Wanda Huber called police at 4:58 p.m. to report she had shot Simon.
Multiple first responders went to the scene, which also is near the Seymour Community School Corp. administration building.
Abbott said police were on the scene until around 9 p.m. Monday recovering evidence, including .357-caliber handgun owned by Wanda Huber.
Shortly after the incident, officers and detectives could be seen walking around the home.
Abbott said police believe medical issues played a role in the incident.
“There were medical issues we believe factored into the events that happened,” he said. Abbott did not offer any other details.
Simon was a sophomore at Seymour High School, and Principal Greg Prange announced his death after students returned to classes from winter break Tuesday morning.
Prange said the youth “will be sorely missed by all” at the school.
“Simon was a quiet, well-liked young man who had many friends,” he said. “He was a wonderful student and an asset to Seymour High School.”
Cora Dowhower of Seymour said her son, Ryan, and Simon had been close friends since sixth grade. She said her son would ride along to and from school with Wanda and Simon when Dowhower wasn’t available. She said she returned the favor a few times, too.
Dowhower described Simon as quiet and shy but pleasant to be around. She said Simon was a typical teenager who liked to play video games.
Dowhower said Simon and Ryan would spend time together at school and afterwards.
“The boys would always eat lunch together when their school schedules allowed them to,” she said.
They also found each other after school and would walk together to be picked up.
“They would actually wait for each other, just to walk out at the same time,” Dowhower said.
She said Wanda and Simon cared for each other and “were a real team” when it came to what needed to be done, like homework.
“Wanda and Simon would spend hours together in the evening trying to figure out a homework assignment,” she said, adding the two would often call her family for help on a particular assignment. “She would call our house for help with a homework assignment, but then 30 minutes or more later, we would still be on the phone because she had other things to say.”
Dowhower also spent time with Wanda Huber and described her as “sweet.” She said Wanda worked in the deli department at Jay C Foods Plus on weekends to support the two. She said she enjoyed interacting with customers as they made purchases.
“Wanda was very smart and willing to help others when she could but didn’t like charity herself,” Dowhower said. “She will be missed dearly.”
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