(WMC-TV) - Two people were found dead at a house in Millington Monday morning. One of the victims is confirmed to be an art teacher from Millington Central High School.
The Millington Police Department is investigating the deaths as a murder-suicide.
According to family members, Amy Lange and her estranged husband, Mark Perry, were found dead at a home located on the 3000 block of Oakhurst Avenue.
Lange was highly regarded as a Shelby County Schools teacher. She was previously honored as MCHS Teacher of the Year, as well as SCS Teacher of the Year.
"She has this uncanny ability to pull out the creative side of students," Millington Central High School Principal Mark Neal said in a video done about Lange when she was honored as Teacher of the Year.
In an April 2013 interview with the Millington Star
, Lange said, "It makes me proud to live and work here. We could have lived anywhere. When we were looking to buy a house, we looked in Tipton County, Cordova. But, Millington is where I teach and where I wanted to live. So, we found a place in Lucy and we love living in Millington, my husband and I, with our dogs."
In a video, Lange described how much she enjoyed working with the students.
"They've been such wonderful young people with big ideas ... That just grows and grows," stated Lange.
Mark Perry's father, James, opened up to Action News 5 after learning about the tragedy. He said his son was struggling with the couple's breakup. The two separated after almost five years of marriage several months ago. However, they were still legally married.
"Well it hurts, but I mean, it wasn't unexpected," he said. "He truly, truly, truly loved that woman. That's what killed them both."
In September, Lange filed for an order of protection and after a hearing, a judge dismissed the order.
Perry said he had been worried something terrible might happen, so he took away some of his son's guns. But, he said Mark took one back.
"I was worried about it because he just thought so much of that woman. He couldn't handle the loss of it," explained Perry.
Perry tried speaking with his son, Mark, about it.
"I confronted him about it," said Perry. "He said that was his gun and he wanted to keep it. I said, 'Well, Mark, use your head. Think.' "
Perry became worried after his daughter said she saw Mark's car in the driveway of his estranged wife's home.
"I looked through the blinds. I saw him lying on the floor. I went around and went through the doggie door," continued Perry.
Millington police officers received a call from concerned family members requested a welfare check on Amy Lange and Mark Perry. Investigators confirm that both of them appear to have been shot to death.
"I want people to know that Mark was not a vicious kind of person," said James. "He couldn't handle it being a break up, living without his wife, so, he just settled it so he wouldn't have to."
Shelby County Schools declined to comment, citing the ongoing police investigation.