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Woman killed in accident on Fort Stewart identified as military spouse
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The victim in the fatal car accident on May 22, on Highway 144, on Fort Stewart, has been identified as Sandra Shumate, a military spouse and DODEA employee.

“On behalf of the Army community in Fort Stewart, I extend our deepest condolences to the Shumate family,” said Maj. Gen. Antonio Aguto, Commanding General, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield. “We understand this comes as a shock to many. Our priorities are to continue to support the investigation and ensure the Shumate family and our Army community receive the needed support and resources during this difficult time.”

“It is with great sadness that I must share that Sandra Shumate, an educational aide at Murray Elementary School, has died,” said Brian Perry, South Carolina/Fort Stewart Community superintendent, DoDEA Americas Southeast District. “The news of her passing has saddened us more than we can say.”

Shumate was dedicated to her family and our students, Perry said. She leaves a lasting impact on students, staff and colleagues, and will truly be missed.

“As we grieve the loss of Ms. Shumate, we extend our profound sympathy to her family and extended DoDEA family,” he said. “Please know we are holding each of you close in our thoughts at this most difficult time.”

The school counselor is available to assist any children who need assistance.

The accident is still under investigation. Two children were in the car but received medical treatment for non-life-threatening injuries and have been released.

Members of the Army community are encouraged to contact local Military Family Life Consultants, (912) 531-8107, and the Religious Support Office, (912) 767-5409. More information will be released at the appropriate time as the investigation continues.

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