It’s Saturday afternoon in Georgia at a Theater company. A man, George Zinkhan III has his 8 and 10 year old in his car and drives to where his wife is at the theater company which was hosting a homecoming lunch for current and former members at the time.
At 12:25 police were dispatched to the theater, Town and Gown, with three victims lying dead, one was Marie Bruce, wife to the “alleged” killer.
Marie Bruce was president of the board of the theater, an actress, lawyer and mother.
According to her friends”Marie would just love life. Everything was enhanced by marie. She was drama from the get-go,” said Sheryl Wendzik, who went to Westside High with Bruce.
The Georgia shooting was the latest in a spate of high-profile mass killings in the United States in recent months — including half a dozen rampages since March. The latest, on April 18 in Maryland, saw a man kill his wife and three small children before committing suicide.
Zinkhan’s motives were unclear, but witnesses stated he argued with an unidentified man at the Athens Community Theater before he left and returned minutes later brandishing two handguns.
The people killed were identified by a theater company official as Marie Bruce, 47 — Zinkhan’s wife — Ben Teague, 63, and Tom Tanner 40. Bruce and Tanner were officials in the theater company.
“We watched it happen,” witness Beth Kozinsky stated. “We were all in shock.”
Zinkhan and Bruce were married with two children, aged eight and ten, a neighbor of the couple told the daily. After the shooting Zinkhan took the kids to another neighbor’s home, the neighbor said.
Zinkhan’s daughter, who is about 10 years old, stated about the emergency to police that “all she would relate to me was there was something about a firecracker.”
Zinkhan is a professor of marketing and distribution at the University of Georgia, one of the oldest public universities in the United States.
Friends shared that she was “very lively and charming and was an integral part of that theater community”
This reporter is sad to report once again a woman’s life has been taken by the man that she most trusted in the world.
Geortge Zinkhan III is still on the run and his children no longer have their mother.
Professor Zinkhan, YOU need to do the right thing and turn yourself in. You will be caught eventually be a MAN.