Quantcast

A Community in Mourning - WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-

A Community in Mourning

Essex, Vermont - August 24, 2006

Linda Lambesis and Alicia Shanks were both dedicated elementary school teachers. And now their family and friends are left with immeasurable pain-- trying to understand what happened to their loved ones.

"Everyone's going to miss her," said Shank's brother, John Workman.

As a funeral director, Workman is used to consoling families-- now it is his that is grieving.

"She just loved teaching. That was what her life was about... little bit of irony that she passed away in her realm of what she loved to do," said Workman.

Workman says his oldest sister, Alicia Shanks, 56, was the matriarch of the family-- taking care of their five brothers and sisters after their mom died. Alicia Shanks went to Essex High School and graduated from Johnson State College with a teaching degree.

"I'm sure there will be a lot of kids who will miss her tremendously, no question. And right now, everyone in the family is trying to pull together and make some sort of sense out of a senseless tragedy, that's what it is," said Workman.

Also mourning-- the St.Albans community. Linda Lambesis was another teacher shot and killed. Her colleagues say she taught second grade for decades and that she had left an in-service day at St. Albans Town Educational Center to go home, because she feared for her daughter's safety.

It was a double blow. Friends and teachers gathered to mourn at the Essex Alliance Church.

"From our perspective, we are here purely as a support... getting tissue boxes, getting them glasses of water, a shoulder to cry on, whatever we can do to help," said Pastor Scott Slocum.

"It's a tragedy including a lot of people and that our heart goes out to those families that have lost somebody as well and that's the first thing Alicia would say, that's the way she is," said Workman.

The Essex Alliance Church is serving as a community center through all of this. They have grief counselors on hand for anyone who needs to talk.

Kristin Carlson - Channel 3 News

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • N.H. man killed in Lunenburg crash

    N.H. man killed in Lunenburg crash

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:33 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:33:55 GMT
    One man is dead following a tractor trailer rollover in Lunenburg.
    One man is dead following a tractor trailer rollover in Lunenburg.
  • 2 charged with skid-steer joyride on I-89

    2 charged with skid-steer joyride on I-89

    Monday, September 1 2014 10:15 PM EDT2014-09-02 02:15:25 GMT
    The theft of some construction vehicles caused chaos on the Interstate this weekend.
    The theft of some construction vehicles caused chaos on the Interstate this weekend.
  • Bike racers wrap up weekend events

    Bike racers wrap up weekend events

    Monday, September 1 2014 9:59 PM EDT2014-09-02 01:59:03 GMT
    The Green Mountain Stage Race took to the streets of Burlington Monday.
    The Green Mountain Stage Race took to the streets of Burlington Monday.
  • Allergy sufferers brave ragweed season

    Allergy sufferers brave ragweed season

    Monday, September 1 2014 7:08 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:08:26 GMT
    If you're sneezing, your nose is running and you're eyes are itchy once again this year -- you're not alone. Fall pollen counts are peaking in our region and proving tough for allergy sufferers looking to enjoy the outdoors.Despite a spate of heat and humidity, the signs of fall are undeniable. Cooler temperatures and color are on the way. And even though many think of spring as "allergy season" due to tree pollens, this time of year can be particularly tough for allergy sufferers, too -- bec...
    If you're sneezing, your nose is running and you're eyes are itchy once again this year -- you're not alone. Fall pollen counts are peaking in our region and proving tough for allergy sufferers looking to enjoy the outdoors.Despite a spate of heat and humidity, the signs of fall are undeniable. Cooler temperatures and color are on the way. And even though many think of spring as "allergy season" due to tree pollens, this time of year can be particularly tough for allergy sufferers, too -- bec...
  • Holiday drivers find lower prices at the pump

    Holiday drivers find lower prices at the pump

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:59 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:59:21 GMT
    Drivers this holiday weekend found lower gas prices at the pump.
    Drivers this holiday weekend found lower gas prices at the pump.
  • Sanders addresses Labor Day rally

    Sanders addresses Labor Day rally

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:51 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:51:52 GMT
    Community members gathered in Burlington's Battery Park Monday to celebrate Labor Day -- and hear from Senator Bernie Sanders.Union leaders addressed the importance of employees supporting one another. They also thanked the community for supporting Vermont's unions. Senator Sanders says the holiday is for working people to not only celebrate their gains, but to also address issues facing the working class."There's a lot of work in front of us if we're going to make sure that our kids and our ...
    Community members gathered in Burlington's Battery Park Monday to celebrate Labor Day -- and hear from Senator Bernie Sanders.Union leaders addressed the importance of employees supporting one another. They also thanked the community for supporting Vermont's unions. Senator Sanders says the holiday is for working people to not only celebrate their gains, but to also address issues facing the working class."There's a lot of work in front of us if we're going to make sure that our kids and our ...
  • Authorities seize animals from Santa's Land

    Authorities seize animals from Santa's Land

    Monday, September 1 2014 4:32 PM EDT2014-09-01 20:32:03 GMT
    The Windham County Sheriffs Department says it seized multiple animals from the theme park this weekend.
    The Windham County Sheriffs Department says it seized multiple animals from the theme park this weekend.
  • Body discovered in Massena

    Body discovered in Massena

    Monday, September 1 2014 4:02 PM EDT2014-09-01 20:02:43 GMT
    New York State Police are investigating an unidentified body found in Massena.
    New York State Police are investigating an unidentified body found in Massena.
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WCAX. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.