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2010 Salem grad remembered for smile

Kimberly Court shot by estranged husband at Cleveland airport

December 12, 2012
Morning Journal News

SALEM - A Salem High School 2010 graduate killed Sunday in Cleveland was being mourned Tuesday at her alma mater.

SHS Principal Dr. Joe Shivers described 20-year-old Kimberly Ann Court as a good, solid student who had a smile he remembered.

"It's a loss for Salem High School and a loss for society," he said.

Court spent her freshman and sophomore years at the high school, but traveled to Alliance High School her junior and senior years for the cosmetology career tech program, according to Shivers.

He commented how sad it was because she was just in the beginning of her career as a Transportation Security Administration officer.

According to the Associated Press, police said she was shot to death in an employee parking lot at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport by her estranged husband, 28-year-old Ahmad Alkahder, who then killed himself.

She will be laid to rest Saturday at Highland Memorial Park, with services beginning at 2 p.m. at Damascus United Methodist Church. Calling hours will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Stark Memorial Funeral Home.

Lisa Scanlon, of the Alliance High School Cosmetology program, left this message on the Stark Memorial website: "Kim was always laughing and smiling!! The AHS Cosmetology Class of '10 was so blessed to have had Kim in it! She will always hold a special place in my heart! My thoughts and prayers are with you...She is an angel now!"

Court's family still resides in Salem and the surrounding area. She was the daughter of Terry Court of Atwater and Pamela Court and stepfather Bill Lyda of Salem.

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