Frank Sergi reportedly murdered his estranged wife, Kristal Sergi, before taking his own life at their home in Fishers, Indiana.
At around 6 p.m. on Oct. 24, 2018, police officers with the Fishers Police Department were dispatched to a home in the 13000 block of Dorster Street after receiving a 911 call about a possible shooting, according to Fox 59.
When officers arrived at the house in the Saxony neighborhood, they found Kristal, 44, and Frank, 52, dead inside the home—they both had been shot.
Frank had two children: a 10-year-old son he shared with Kristal and another child from a previous marriage—neither of the children were in the home.
Fishers Police Department Sgt. Tom Weger stated that no one else was in the home at the time of the shooting.
Kristal and Frank’s bodies were transported to the Hamilton County coroner’s office for an autopsy. The results confirmed that the couple’s deaths were the result of a murder-suicide.
Kristal sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the chest, while Frank, who officials said was the shooter, suffered a single gunshot wound to the head that was self-inflicted.
A police investigation revealed that Kristal was no longer living at home with her husband, as she and Frank were in the midst of divorce proceedings.
In August 2018, they put their house up for sale for $390,000, according to online listings.
A family friend claimed that Frank contacted him and several others via text message before the murder-suicide. He asked them to look after his two children.
Fishers police officials stated that the circumstances leading up to the murder-suicide are unknown, but they did state that Kristal and Frank had no history of domestic violence.
“We have no record of any calls for service to that house or regarding the two individuals,” said Weger. “We have no record of any history of violence or problems.”
“This has had a huge impact on the community. Obviously, being school teachers, they had influence on a lot of young people and parents. It is tragic.”
At the time of their deaths, Kristal had been working as a preschool teacher for 21 years, and she had just recently started working at Hoosier Road Elementary.
Frank had worked as an art teacher with Hamilton Southeastern Schools since 1992, according to IndyStar.
Students, teachers, and the community were stunned after learning about the murder-suicide of Kristal and Frank, and it prompted Hoosier Road Elementary and Fall Creek Intermediate to temporarily cancel their classes.
The school district arranged for crisis counselors to meet with students, and they advised parents to call the LookUp Crisis Hotline at 1-800-284-8439 if their child needed support.
On the evening of Oct. 25, 2018, Hamilton Hills Church held a candlelight vigil at Hoosier Road Elementary School to honor Kristal and Frank.
Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness spoke at the vigil.
He said, “I’m not certain any of us are equipped to comprehend how these things happen. I encourage you to pursue solace in your faith, family, friends, and community.”
If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, get help. Please contact the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.
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