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Appomattox residents react to school employee's public murder

By Tim Saunders, tsaunders@wdbj7.com
Published On: Feb 03 2014 06:18:46 PM EST
Updated On: Feb 03 2014 09:36:32 PM EST

Friends and neighbors are still trying to make sense of a bizarre crime involving two well-known Appomattox residents.

APPOMATTOX, Va. -

You'll find one in almost every small town: a barber shop on Main Street.

For decades the place to get your hair cut in Appomattox was owned by Aubrey Evans.

Customers called him "Butch."

"Butch cut my hair until he closed his barber shop about ten years ago," said Joseph Foxwell, an Appomattox resident who has been a neighbor to the Evans family for more than 30 years.

"I just really enjoyed having them close by as neighbors," Foxwell told WDBJ7 Monday.

Foxwell said he was always fond of Evans' wife, Laura.

"Laura was a good, friendly person," said Foxwell.  "Easy to talk to and easy to get to know."

She was well liked in the community, as a longtime employee of Appomattox County Public Schools.

Superintendent Dorinda Grasty said Evans was a highly dependable person, trusted with important work at every school in the county.

Evans was shot and killed Friday afternoon in a parked car, next to a Quik-E gas station.  Investigators believe her husband, Butch, pulled the trigger.

The idea that someone was killed in broad daylight, next to a busy street, is jarring to just about everyone in town.

"I've seen a lot of things happen and I am not easily shocked, but this shocked me," said Foxwell, a retired Virginia State Police trooper.

Evans disappeared after Friday's shooting and deputies believed he may have been headed to Florida or Texas.  He was arrested without incident around 11 Monday morning, when a deputy pulled him over along Interstate 81 in Abingdon, Virginia.

Abingdon is more than 200 miles from Appomattox, a town that's still trying to grasp what happened Friday.

"We've had some terrible instances like this in the past, but Appomattox has always bounced back and I think we'll overcome this," said Foxwell.

Investigators aren't saying what may have prompted the shooting.

Appomattox deputies plan to have Evans in a Lynchburg-area jail by midnight Monday.  He will be charged with first degree murder for his wife's death.