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28-year-old man charged with shooting, killing his mother in Pulaski County, authorities say

A woman is dead and a man was arrested for second-degree murder after a shooting in Pulaski County early Wednesday morning, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

PULASKI COUNTY, Va. – A woman is dead and her son arrested for second-degree murder after a shooting in Pulaski County early Wednesday morning, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities said they received a complaint about gunshots around 1:20 a.m. at a home in Dublin.

When deputies arrived, they said they found Deborah Griffith, 58, dead from gunshot wounds inside the house, located at 5444 Shephard Drive.

William Griffith, 28, was taken into custody and charged with second-degree murder, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said he is being held at the New River Valley Regional Jail without bond.

Authorities said the incident is still under investigation.

A court date has not yet been set for Griffith.

Deborah Griffith was a long-time employee of Pulaski County Public Schools.

The school division posted its condolences on Facebook on Wednesday morning:

Pulaski County Public Schools has been devastated to learn of the tragic death of Mrs. Debbie Griffith. Mrs. Griffith was a 17 year employee of the school division where she worked with the Pre-K program and most recently as an administrative assistant in the office at Dublin Elementary. She was a gentle and kind person who worked tirelessly to help the children and families she served. She will be missed beyond measure. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family, friends, and the Dublin Elementary School faculty and staff.

Pulaski County Public Schools

On Friday afternoon, the school released an additional statement, stating that counselors will be available for students and faculty come Monday, Nov. 29:

Pulaski County Public Schools continues to mourn the loss of our long-time Dublin Elementary School employee, Mrs. Debbie Griffith. Our condolences go out to all her family, friends, colleagues, and students. Central office staff and additional counselors will be available for students and faculty at Dublin Elementary School beginning Monday, November 29, 2021. Parents, if you would like for a counselor to speak with your student, please contact the school at (540) 643-0337.

Pulaski County Public Schools

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