A school principal was reportedly found dead inside a car with a gunshot wound to the head. Although her death was allegedly ruled a homicide, her male acquaintance was still arrested according to authorities.

The victim was identified as Dr. Wendy Cook, an elementary school principal from Dillon County, South Carolina. Arrested in connection with the incident was Kyle Church at the scene, WMBF-TV reported.

According to authorities, Cook and Church were acquaintances. Other than that, no other details were given in connection with the incident.

People reports that Church has been charged with one count of murder and one count of possession of a weapon during a violent crime. He is currently being held without bond.

It was learned that Cook worked as a principal for the Stewart Heights Elementary School. She was employed there for nearly 25 years.

When word of her death spread, students and co-workers were left devastated about her plight.

"Her colleagues and friends in the Dillon County School District 4 talk about the great work she did leading her school and the many impacts she had on her students and staff," State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman said in a statement. "My deepest condolences are with the entire Dillon school community as they grieve this loss."

As of this writing, Church has yet to enter a plea. Per court records, the 31-year-old has no official legal representation who could speak on his behalf.

"Wendy's love for life, learning, children and family was always her driving force," her family wrote in an online obituary. "This was evident in her steadfast march through many degrees and doctrines in Education which yielded over 25 years in this very district. Her dedication across all was only matched by her love of the same."

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