An elementary school speech therapist who was found dead in her home Tuesday is being remembered as a “beloved staff member” as well as a “vibrant and integral part of the community.
According to Wakefield Public Schools Superintendent Douglas Lyons, Pamela Wood worked with many students and families over the years in her role as a speech and language pathologist at Greenwood Elementary School.
“It is with great sadness that we are reaching out. Today we were devastated to learn of the sudden loss of one of our colleagues, Pamela Wood,” Lyons wrote in a statement. “She will be missed by students, families and staff alike. Our hearts go out to her family during this tremendously difficult time.”
Police responded around 10 a.m. Tuesday to the woman’s Otis Street home to perform a wellness check on her after Greenwood Elementary School officials alerted her family she did not arrive at work at 8:30 a.m., according to a statement from Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan’s office.
Wood’s family was unable to enter the home without a key and requested the wellness check, the statement said.
Authorities pried open the back door of the home, announced their entrance and began clearing the home, according to the statement. Police officers proceeded upstairs, and firefighters headed downstairs, where they found Wood dead with severe trauma in the basement.
Police went downstairs after firefighters called for backup. There, they encountered Wood’s son, Timothy Martin, who is accused of charging at officers while holding a knife over his head, according to Ryan’s office. The 23-year-old man lives in New Hampshire and was not expected to be at his mother’s home.
Two officers shot Martin as he charged at them while wielding the knife. He was taken to Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington after authorities performed life-saving efforts at the scene, officials said.
Martin remains in custody at the hospital. Charges are expected to be filed against him, and an arraignment will be scheduled, according to authorities.
The district attorney’s office, which continues to investigate the killing, said five police officers received treatment at nearby hospitals after the incident but did not suffer any serious injuries.
Lyons said the Wakefield school district’s administrative team is working to provide counseling support and other resources to students and staff in the wake of Wood’s death.
“Counseling support will be on site at Greenwood tomorrow, Thursday, and Friday,” the superintendent noted Tuesday.
Wakefield Public Schools offered families the following resources to help them navigate conversations about the tragic incident with their children:
Helping Children Cope With Loss
Death and Grief: Supporting Children and Youth
Helping Children Deal With Tragedy Related Anxiety
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