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Wixom shooting update: Suspect Laricca Mathews is a Northville / Durham school bus driver
August 16, 2016

WIXOM AND NORTHVILLE, MI - The Northville Schools sent an email to parents late yesterday, explaining that the suspect in last weekend's shooting in Wixom is a school bus driver there. Laricca Mathews is accused of shooting her boyfriend in the head in front of two kids.

Here is the full text of that email:

August 15, 2016

Dear NPS Parents, Staff and Community Members,

Unfortunately, we learned today that an employee of Durham School Services, which provides transportation services on a contracted basis to Northville Public Schools, was arraigned today in court on serious felony charges of Open Murder and Felony Firearm. This matter remains under investigation by the Wixom Police Department.

Although this alleged incident took place during the summer months away from the Northville community, and did not involve students, we recognize that a matter of this sort raises concern on that part of our students and our families. While this is a highly unusual situation, please know that the appropriate measures will be taken by Durham School Services and Northville Public Schools. We will continue to monitor the situation.

Northville Public Schools follows the mandated Michigan State Police / FBI process for conducting fingerprint background checks before any direct or contracted employee (including bus drivers) can be approved for assignment within Northville Public Schools. Further, when contracted employees are charged with a felony, we take immediate action to remove the employee during the investigation and beyond, when warranted.

As always, we are committed to working together with our police, school and community partners to ensure the safety and well-being of our students and our staff members. As we finalize preparations for school, we act with vigilance and dedication to provide a safe and welcoming school setting for your children. If you have any questions about this matter, please contact my office at 248-344-3508 and your call will be directed accordingly.


Mary Kay Gallagher Superintendent