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SAU mourns employee slain in Pike County

By ArkansasOnline

This article was published July 15, 2013 at 1:04 p.m.

Southern Arkansas University officials said Monday that the school is mourning the loss of an employee killed with two others Saturday in a home just southwest of Delight in Pike County.

Julie Hartsfield, 54, of Waldo, who died along with her daughter and granddaughter after what authorities called a domestic dispute, was an administrative specialist in the alumni office on the Magnolia campus, the university said.

"Southern Arkansas University is saddened by the tragic loss of Julie Hartsfield, whose friendly, caring, and loving spirit served the University for 15 loyal years," the university wrote in a statement. A vigil for Hartsfield has been scheduled at the university's Welcome Center for 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

After 7 p.m. Saturday, authorities received a 911 call about a shooting at 3489 Arkansas 301; there, they found the bodies of the two women and a wounded child.

The two women were identified as Hartsfield and Dana Hill, 33, who lived at the home. The child, identified as Autumn Hartsfield, 9, was taken with injuries to a Hot Springs hospital, where she later died.

Police took 43-year-old Timothy Allen Hill, also a resident of 3489 Arkansas 301, into custody at the scene.

The Texarkana Gazette reported Sunday that 9th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Brian Chesshir confirmed that Timothy Allen Hill was married to Dana Hill. Julie Hartsfield was Dana Hill’s mother and Autumn Hartsfield was her niece, the newspaper reported.

State police spokesman Bill Sadler said investigators believed the shooting was the result of a domestic dispute.

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