(Millington) Just thinking about the way art teacher Amy Lange will be remembered brings 11th grader Sarah Max to tears.
"She was an awesome teacher everyone loved her. She really cared about her students," she said. "I always liked art as a little kid, and then I got to her class and she really gave meaning to it and helped me really understand my capabilities as an artist, and she was just really awesome."
An art teacher with a loving heart and an inspiration to those who knew her.
"In my classroom, I tell them they're no mistakes," Lange said in a YouTube video that was taken after she was named Shelby County's Teacher of the Year last year.
She worked at Millington Central High.
"There was no one more deserving of that than Ms. Lange," former art student Kristina Marlow said.
Lange’s greatest gift, she said, was inspiring others through art.
"She was very motivational. She would push you even if you were having a down day like most people do," she said."She was just the type of person who would always believe in you."
Kristina is finding it hard to believe her friend and mentor was killed in an apparent murder/suicide Monday.
Family members tell WREG Lange was divorcing her husband, Mark Perry, and he couldn't live without her. So police say he shot her and then turned the gun on himself.
Their bodies were found this morning at a home in the 3800 block of Oak Hearst.
"He couldn't handle it being a break up, living without his wife, so, he just settled it all so he wouldn't have to," Perry's father James told WREG.
A life cut short, but remembered with love.
"It's just a tragedy for everybody," Marlow said.
Shelby County Schools declined to comment on Lange's passing, saying it was an ongoing investigation.
Students at MCHS said that her students were pulled from class Monday afternoon and told the news.