Amanda Price, who was killed at her home Monday, was described by colleagues as a “wonderful person who was an outstanding role model for young girls, especially teenagers.”
Dr. Charles Garrett, superintendent of New Albany Schools, said Price was “an outstanding speech pathologist in our schools. Not only did she do a great job, but she always made time to spend extra time with any student who needed it.”
Price, 31, had been a speech pathologist for the schools since 2005. She was married to New Albany High School football coach Ron Price.
Garrett said Price “always seemed to have a peace and a calm about her. You could tell she was a lady of faith. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her friends and her family.”
Kyra Cossey, guidance counselor at New Albany High School and Price’s sister-in-law, said she was a “precious person that everybody loved to be around. She was always helping people.”
Cossey said Price was very involved with Hillcrest Baptist Church as was a member of the Junior Auxiliary. The Prices were married in 2002.
Heather Linville, assistant principal of New Albany Elementary School, said she and Price had started in the New Albany schools in the same year and instantly bonded.
“Amanda was one of the most positive Christ-like people that I have ever known,” Linville said. “She just liked to do things for other people, to bring job to their lives.
“She loved to laugh; she had a very bubbly personality,” she said.
Price graduated from Alcorn Central High School in 1999 and obtained her bachelor of science degree from Delta State University in 2003. While at Delta State, she was on the dance team. In 2005, she received a master of science degree in 2005.
She split her time in the New Albany schools, working three days a week at the elementary school and one day each at the middle and high schools.
She was a member of the Mississippi Speech and Hearing Association and the American Language and Hearing Association.
Shane Sanderson, athletic director at the high school, said, “Amanda and Ron, that’s the perfect couple. It’s hard not to see them together, because they loved each other so much. They’re amazing people.”
As the news of the shootings spread, condolences for the Price family poured in.
New University of Mississippi Football Coach Hugh Freeze, said, “We are all saddened by the news of the tragedy in New Albany. Our deepest condolences go out to Coach Price and his family in this time of sorrow and tragedy. Our prayers are with them and I hope the Ole Miss family will reach out to him in this time of need.”
Scott Stricklin, Mississippi State University athletic director, said, “Mississippi State Athletics sends thoughts and prayers to the Price family and the New Albany community. We are very saddened by this tragedy.”