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Jan 21, 2014 10:40 PM by Janine Reyes

School Hosts Celebration of Life for Librarian, Authorities Still Searching for Killer

CORPUS CHRISTI -- Hundreds of people gathered in Bishop tonight to remember Elizabeth Caughman, the high school librarian found shot to death in her home last week.

The celebration of her life touched on her accomplishments and the difference she made in her community.

The memorial started with a series of pictures depicting the life Caughman lived, with her husband and two children and at the school.

Hundreds gathered at the school where she spent 10 years touching students lives to mourn her sudden death.

Superintendent Christina Gutierrez helped organize the memorial. "Its been rough, its hard, I think probably some of the kids are sad and some of the students are probably scared," she said. They're scared because the man police are linking to her murder is still on the run.

Authorities are looking for her brother-in-law, Tommy Caughman.

Meanwhile, the pain of her absence is felt by not only family members, students and staff, it's even more widespread. "When the students love their teachers and the staff at the school then mom and dad love the staff just as well so we had a great turnout this evening," Gutierrez said.

Gutierrez estimates that Caughman inspired about 400 students each year for ten years.

Tonight, many wore her favorite color; yellow. The flour arrangements also reflected that light and color she loved and brought to so many.

In the meantime, the school has beefed up security, and, just as they will never forget her impact here, they want the community to remember her as well and keep an eye out for the man police are after.

"He can be somewhere here locally or if he made it to another state, so we are going to be on pins and needles as well until we know that the person's been apprehended," Gutierrez said.

Law enforcement officers across the state are on the lookout for Tommy Caughman. Texas VA clinics have been placed on alert, too, because he made a threat against them.


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