Shooting Victim’s Ex-Wife Opens Up About Tragic Situation

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The murder of Alonzo McGhee, the military officer shot Friday night, is still unsolved.  As Huntsville Police continue to probe various aspects of the case, schools are increasing security where his three children attend classes.

Huntsville Police found McGhee, 44, shot to death outside his home Friday night.  He shared the home with his wife and children for years.  He was found in the road suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Monday, flowers rested against a curb in front of the home.

McGhee was a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army. He worked for G-3 Operations on Redstone Arsenal. A judge finalized the divorce decree between LTC McGhee and Dr. Fillis McGhee on December 28, 2012. She had been principal at Hampton Cove Elementary School until the Huntsville City School Board approved the superintendent’s recommendation to fire her in 2011.

In the McGhees’ divorce decree, a judge awarded LTC McGhee full custody of their children.

WHNT News 19 spoke with Dr. Fillis McGhee at the couple’s home.  She said, while crying, the shooting death of her ex-husband is hurtful to her and the children. She and the kids are going through grief counseling.

Dr. McGhee said she knows nothing about who may be to blame for her ex-husband’s death. She says she is cooperating with police, working with her ex-husband’s family and planning his funeral.

On Monday, as a precaution, Huntsville City Schools increased security at the schools attended by the McGhee children: Goldsmith-Schiffman Elementary, Hamtpn Cove Elementary and Hampton Cove Middle.

“We don’t have any information to believe there is anything that would be relevant to the school,” said School District Spokesman Keith Ward.  “They just wanted to make sure they had added security as a precaution in lieu of the events that occurred this weekend.  It’s just a good thing, a step to take as a precaution to make sure everyone is safe.”

School leaders say they are staying informed about the murder investigation.

“Anything that can affect the climate, atmosphere or safety of the schools, we would certainly want to take note of and pay attention to it,” added Ward.
 
Funeral arrangements for LTC McGhee are not yet scheduled.

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