Longtime School Cafeteria Worker Fatally Shot in Texas, Suspect Found Dead

In Forest Hill, Texas, a beloved school cafeteria worker, Yolanda Gibbs, 56, was tragically shot and killed in a school parking lot. Gibbs, who had served meals to children at David K. Sellars Elementary School for three decades, was planning to retire this year but chose to continue her service.

Gibbs was known for her dedication to the school and the children she served. Her daughter, Christina Ware, described her as a pillar of strength and love, ensuring everyone felt secure. Gibbs was deeply involved in her church and bible study when not at work or with her family. She was a woman of faith who instilled the importance of prayer and resilience in her children.

The Forest Hill police reported that Gibbs was shot by an acquaintance in the school’s back parking lot on a Wednesday morning. She was rushed to the hospital but succumbed to her injuries. The suspect, who fled the scene in a silver Chevy Impala, was later found dead. The vehicle was discovered abandoned in Fort Worth.

Ware expressed her grief and anger over the incident, stating that her mother didn’t deserve such a fate. She described the perpetrator as a coward and urged anyone with information to come forward. The family has chosen not to disclose details about the relationship between Gibbs and the suspect, citing safety concerns and the ongoing investigation.

The police department announced on Friday, Oct. 13, that a person of interest in Gibbs’ murder was found dead. The identity of the individual has not been released, and the cause of death will be determined by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The Forest Hill Police Department continues to investigate the case and encourages anyone with information to contact them or Crime Stoppers.