Buckeye man arrested in shooting death of his wife

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Mugshot: 49-year-old Kenneth Eckert of Buckeye. (8 May 2017) Mugshot: 49-year-old Kenneth Eckert of Buckeye. (8 May 2017)
Jennifer Eckert (Source: Great Hearts Academies ) Jennifer Eckert (Source: Great Hearts Academies )
Buckeye police on scene along 19700 west Sherman for a homicide investigation.  (8 May 2017) Buckeye police on scene along 19700 west Sherman for a homicide investigation. (8 May 2017)
The letter to parents of students at Trivium Preparatory Academy informing them of the death of Jennifer Eckert. (8 May 2017) [Source: Trivium Preparatory Academy] The letter to parents of students at Trivium Preparatory Academy informing them of the death of Jennifer Eckert. (8 May 2017) [Source: Trivium Preparatory Academy]
BUCKEYE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Authorities in Buckeye have arrested a man after the shooting death of his wife at their home over the weekend.

Buckeye Police spokesman Sgt. Jason Weeks said 49-year-old Jennifer Eckert of Buckeye was found shot at home near Jackrabbit Trail and Yuma Rd. around 11 A.M.

Weeks said their dispatch center had received a call around 11 A.M. from a man saying someone had been shot at his home.

Weeks said when officers arrived at a home along 19700 west Sherman Street they found the front door open and heard a man from in the home directing them to the master bedroom.

In the bedroom, lying on the bed face down, officers found Eckert dead with a single gunshot shot to the back of her head.

Investigators on scene tried to get information from the man at the home, 49-year-old Kenneth Eckert, but he didn't say anything other than that his wife had been shot.

[Mugshot: Kenneth Eckert, 49, of Buckeye]

Kenneth Eckert was taken to the Maricopa County jail where he was charged with 2nd degree murder.

Weeks said the couple had just moved to the home three months ago.  

Jennifer Eckert worked at a preparatory school in the west Valley

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The parents of students at Trivium Preparatory Academy in Goodyear were informed of her death in a letter sent out by the school officials Monday.

According to the letter, Eckert worked at the school as a Latin teacher and was Dean of Students.

The school's headmaster released the following statement:

"Mrs. Eckert was beloved by all of us, staff, students and our families. She shared her passion for teaching and joy for life every day and with everyone in the Trivium Community. She abundantly loved her students and she had a tremendous impact upon everyone she encountered.  Today we are heart-broken by the loss of such a dear teacher and friend. She will be greatly missed and always remembered." - Heidi Vasiloff, Headmaster - Trivium Prep

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