Central Florida teacher found killed in home

Posted at 7:35 AM, Feb 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-03 07:35:13-05

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) - A former finalist for the Brevard Public Schools Teacher of the Year was found fatally shot in her bed, and the body of her estranged husband was found in the home with a gun nearby.

Florida Today ( ) reports that Sandra Cook's sister found her body in her Melbourne home after she was contacted by Rockledge High School officials who became concerned when she didn't show up for work on Monday.

Divorce papers filed by cook say that she was fearful of her estranged husband, Ricky Cook, because of his anger management issues.

She had asked for a restraining order to prevent her husband from returning to the home they shared, but it was never filed.

Because of that, a judge never was able to hold a hearing on the matter.


Information from: Florida Today (Melbourne, Fla.),

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