Crossville school bus driver killed after filing protection order

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CROSSVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) -- After the shooting death of a bus driver in Crossville on Friday, domestic violence advocates are hoping more will be done for victims who are trying to leave a violent relationship.

Warren Nostrom, 74, is charged with two counts of first degree murder after allegedly shooting his estranged wife at a school bus depot.

Joy Nostrom, 58, and another man, Mark Gunter, were both killed after police said Nostrom pulled up to the school bus depot and fired at them.

According to officials, Joy Nostrom had recently filed for divorce and had multiple orders of protection against her husband, Nashville CBS affiliate WTVF reported.

In April of 2018, Joy wrote in a signed affidavit that her husband threatened to kill her over a can of soup.

“I am afraid of him killing me as he has said in the past. I fear for my life,” she wrote.

Joy's situation is not uncommon, especially in Tennessee. Data released shows that the state ranks fourth in the nation for women who are murdered by their partners after domestic violence has been reported.

“Domestic violence homicides, where a woman is murdered, 75-percent of those involves the woman actively leaving or trying to leave that relationship. Yes, we have these tragic events but domestic violence is effecting so many people, it’s just not ending tragically or publicly,” says Rachel Burning, Executive Director of the the Avalon Center in Crossville.

Court documents show Joy Nostrom filed twice to have previous restraining orders removed as well. She wrote, “Been married 32 years, I will try to make it work one more time.”

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