Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Police: Ex-boyfriend shot to death high school senior, self

The Associated Press

OWENSBORO, Ky. - A high school senior fatally shot in her ex-boyfriend's car was ranked near the top of her graduating class and was preparing to enter the University of Kentucky in the fall.

Kathleen Crowe, 17, a senior at Apollo High School, wanted to pursue an archaeology or anthropology degree at UK.

She was ranked 17th in her class at Apollo.

Crowe was shot Sunday while inside the car driven by her former boyfriend, James Pulliam, 22, who then ignited the car with an accelerant and shot himself, said Daviess County Sheriff's Department investigators.

Investigators were awaiting more information before making a formal ruling.

Friends and relatives struggled to cope with the deaths.

"She was a sweet, loving person," said Crowe's maternal grandmother, Marguerite Sawicki of Owensboro.

Pulliam was a 1999 graduate of Apollo and attended classes at Owensboro Community and Technical College.

He was not working and lived at the Philpot home of his parents.

The couple dated for more than a year until Crowe initiated a breakup about a month ago.

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