Four Rivers Charter School community mourning Navy sailor killed in Virginia

Franklin County

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Meaghan Burns of South Deerfield was one of two sailors killed in a double murder-suicide last weekend. Members of the Four Rivers Charter School community are devasted after getting word of Meaghan’s death.

The 23-year-old who was born in Springfield and raised in South Deerfield was shot and killed in a double murder-suicide last weekend.

She’d been serving as a corpsman at the Portsmouth Naval Center in Virginia.

Burns attended the Four Rivers Charter School in Greenfield, where her loss has been felt by many.

“And while all the students who were in school with her have long since graduated, a lot of the faculty had her as a student and we’re just so so so sad. And our hearts go out to her family,” said Four Rivers Assistant Principal Susan Durkee.

Durkee told 22News, it was heartbreaking to learn of what happened to Burns who she said was a ‘dear student’ of theirs at Four Rivers Charter.

Just before noon on May 4, Burns and fellow Navy corpsman 19-year-old Shianne Soles were found shot to death outside a Portsmouth, Virginia, 7-Eleven.

Police believe 22-year-old Donovan Moora, also an active military member killed both Burns and Soles before taking his own life.

“It’s devastating to think that young people are facing this kind of violence and that it could happen to someone you know, just brings it closer to home,” added Durkee.

An obituary described Burns as “a free spirit, a fierce and loyal friend and loving daughter and sister.”

One South Deerfield resident was processing the loss of people who were so young. 

“That’s… the fact that she was, and there were one or two others,” said David Pike.

According to the obituary, a celebration of Meaghan’s life will be held later this spring.

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