SPRING GARDEN TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WHTM) — A Central York High School social studies teacher was killed in a weekend murder/suicide in Spring Garden Township after a dispute with her neighbor.

The York County Coroner’s Office says Erin Walker was shot in the head by her neighbor on Saturday evening on the 400 block of Hill Street.

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Police responded to the address for a report of a woman on the ground after a domestic dispute.

When the officers arrived on the scene, they discovered Walker and a man with apparent gunshot wounds. The York County Coroner’s office says the man who allegedly shot Walker died at the scene from a self-inflicted gunshot wound outside his home. Walker was transported to York Hospital by ambulance where she later died.

The coroner’s office identified the man as 59-year-old Daniel Berry.

Officials have not released details regarding what led up to the shooting other than it was a domestic dispute.

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The coroner’s office says the Central York School District, teachers, and students were made aware of the shooting prior to Monday’s confirmation.

A memorial for Walker was established outside of Central York High School on Monday;

The district released a statement to parents and families offering support to students.

Dear Parents and Families:

It is with tremendous sadness that I must share with you that Miss Erin Walker, a social studies teacher and student advisor at Central York High School and a Central York faculty member for the last 13 years, passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2022. We are deeply saddened by the loss, and our heartfelt sympathies are with her family and friends at this very difficult time.

We understand that this sad news may impact your child. Please know that we will have counselors available to support any students who need to talk with someone in the coming days. We have attached resources that may help you support your child at home. We will continue to be a resource as well here at school for our students as they work through the grieving process.

Miss Walker touched the lives of hundreds of students during his years of service in Central York School District. We feel fortunate for the time we have spent with her. She was a tremendous teacher and an outstanding person, and we are very saddened by her loss. In addition, should students wish to leave items in Miss Walkers’ memory, they may do so at the Panther statue in front of the High School main entrance.

If we can be of assistance to you or your family in any way, please do not hesitate to contact the District via email at communications@cysd.k12.pa.us or by phone at 717-846-6789, ext. 1292. 

Sincerely,

Peter J. Aiken, Ed.D.
Superintendent

York County has now had 16 homicide deaths this year, a majority in York City. The incident was one of several recent shootings in York County, including a shooting at the Walmart Supercenter in Newberry Township on Sunday.

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