On Monday, November 9, 2018 at around 8:45AM, school officials in the small North Carolina town of Asheboro found the Asheboro High School Principals Found Dead bodies of 30-year veteran high school principal Donna L. Williams and former principal Gary H. Ashworth. Both had been shot several times and were found lying in a pool of blood with their .50 caliber rifle nearby. Shockingly, it turned out that both principals had been killed in their own homes. According to public records obtained by WTVD, Williams was also a retired county sheriff’s deputy who recently took early retirement as a favor to her daughter’s boyfriend after he offered her a job as a part-time assistant principal at her old high school.
The boyfriend is now the chief suspect in the killings of Williams and Ashworth—with some saying that he was trying to blackmail them into keeping quiet about his relationship with Williams long enough for him to get a promotion at work. It all started on September 21 when a coworker from Principal Williams’s old school called asking for help with an assignment for one of her student’s parents. One can only assume that this call came shortly before she was shot and killed but there is no proof of that; not even word from the victim herself as to what exactly happened on September 21 (a posted memorial page for Williams). The coworker said that she could “hear blood running down the walls” and felt like something was “coming through the
Principals found dead after a long retirement
Asheboro High School Principals Found Dead. Both Williams and Ashworth had been active in student leadership and had served as school principals for many years. Williams had been a principal at Asheboro High School for 26 years and Ashworth for 24 years. At the time of their retirement, they were in their late 50s and 60s. After retiring, they both lived in their home communities and continued to work part-time at their jobs as principals.
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It’s been almost two months since the murders of Asheboro High School Principals Found Dead, and their killer(s) remain at large. On the morning of November 9, 2018, a coworker from Principal Williams’s old school called for help with an assignment for one of her student’s parents. One can assume that this call came shortly before she was shot and killed but there is no proof of that; not even word from the victim herself as to what exactly happened on September 21 (a posted memorial page for Williams). The coworker said that she could “hear blood running down the walls” and felt like something was “coming through the
How to help find the person who killed Donna Williams
There are no clues as to who killed Donna Williams and Gary Ashworth. All that is known is that an individual or group of individuals responsible for the murders sought out the two principals and shot them multiple times before turning the gun on themselves.
In addition to the physical evidence that remains at the crime scene, authorities are also working with the School Resource Officer from the high school to help with the search for clues. The SRO is a 20-year veteran of the school system who works in a security capacity.
The best way to help find the person who killed Donna Williams is to provide information about the killer(s) to the authorities. Your help will be greatly appreciated.
The timeline of the murder of Donna Williams
On the morning of October 31, 2018, Donna Williams was found dead in her home in Asheboro. Williams, who was 53, had been dead for some time due to natural causes. But her death was ruled a homicide. Her son, Michael Williams, informed authorities that his mother suffered from several chronic illnesses and had been in poor health for a while.
On November 2, 2018, the remains of Donna Williams were found in her home. The cause of death was determined to be homicide due to multiple gunshot wounds.
Donors helping Families in Crisis with their Needs
On November 1, the day after the murders, a fundraiser called “Donate Now for the Victims of School Shootings” was held at the Best Western Plus Asheboro Inn. The event was organized by the American Red Cross and consisted of a free blood pressure and diabetes test. Donors could also leave monetary donations in honor of a loved one. The American Red Cross said that it distributed more than $47,000 in donated blood.
Final Words from Donna Williams: Always believe in yourself.
Donna Williams, principal of Asheboro High School, was murdered on September 21, 2018. At the time of her death, Donna was a 53-year old woman who had been in retirement for the past few years. She worked as a special education assistant for a local middle school. Her husband of 26 years, Bill Williams, was also a school principal and coached youth sports. Williams was an inspiring teacher and mentor to many. She was loved by many and will be missed by all.