Kennedale teacher found slain remembered as lovable, humorous

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by MARCUS MOORE

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Posted on June 11, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 11 at 8:20 PM

ARLINGTON — One of the victims in four unrelated murders in Arlington has been identified as 27-year-old John Ross Shreves.

He spent the last three years teaching English at Kennedale Junior High School.

"Quirky," said principal Sherri Kottwitz of Shreves on Tuesday. "Dry sense of humor. The kids loved him."

Seventh and eighth graders voted Shreves the most likely to make you laugh. The Kennedale graduate was found murdered in his car around 2 a.m. Monday outside the No Frills Grill and Sports Bar in Arlington. 

A person at the business called 911 to report a man inside a vehicle in the parking lot. Officers arrived and found Shreves in the driver's seat of the vehicle with an apparent gunshot wound. The window on the driver’s side of the vehicle was shattered.

No arrests have been made in the case and the motive remained a mystery as of Tuesday afternoon.

Counselors were available for students who wanted to talk about the loss of the well-liked teacher Tuesday. Shreves also worked with the student council at the school.

"The students have taken it very hard," said Erin Hyden, a spokesperson with the district. "The teachers have taken it hard. It's just tragic, unexpected news that no one was expecting the first part of summer."

Meanwhile, investigators are working to develop a time line the moments leading up to Shreves death.

"You had a devastating impact whoever did this," Kottwitz said. "Not only on Mr. Shreves and his family but on a community."

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Arlington Police Detective Seth Archer at(817) 459-5336 or Crime Stoppers at (817) 469-TIPS (8477) to submit an anonymous tip. Through Crime Stoppers, tipsters could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

E-mail mmoore@wfaa.com

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