Friends remember Maryville woman killed in murder/suicide

Friends remember Maryville woman killed in apparent murder/suicide

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Jennifer Rust (source: Facebook) Jennifer Rust (source: Facebook)
Jennifer Rust's Facebook page has become a memorial with hundreds of posts written by friends. Jennifer Rust is described as a woman who loved life and had a special place in her heart for four-legged furry friends. Jennifer Rust's Facebook page has become a memorial with hundreds of posts written by friends. Jennifer Rust is described as a woman who loved life and had a special place in her heart for four-legged furry friends.
"She was joy, and she'll be missed greatly, but anyone who knew her has so many memories and so much to take from her," said Jessica Rogers. "She was joy, and she'll be missed greatly, but anyone who knew her has so many memories and so much to take from her," said Jessica Rogers.
Rogers worked with Jennifer at Young Williams then at Pet Safe Village. Rogers worked with Jennifer at Young Williams then at Pet Safe Village.
"She was able to shine a light on a world that is often dark. Unfortunately, that's not going to be the case anymore, and the world will be a darker place without her," said Rust's manager Kevin Ogle. "She was able to shine a light on a world that is often dark. Unfortunately, that's not going to be the case anymore, and the world will be a darker place without her," said Rust's manager Kevin Ogle.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

MARYVILLE (WATE) - A Maryville couple died Saturday as a result of an apparent murder/suicide.

Blount County Sheriff James Berrong says Jennifer M. Rust, 39, and Matthew A. Rust, 37, both of Sam Houston School Road, were found dead at their home early Sunday morning.

Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the home after Jennifer Rust failed to report to work Sunday morning. Both Rusts were found dead in an upstairs bedroom.

Jennifer Rust had friends across the country. Her Facebook page has become a memorial with hundreds of posts written by friends. Jennifer Rust is described as a woman who loved life and had a special place in her heart for four-legged furry friends.

"She was a lover of all animals, but she really loved cats," said Jessica Rogers.

Rogers worked with Jennifer at Young Williams then at Pet Safe Village. There is video of Jennifer Rust playing with pets at work two weeks ago. When Jennifer didn't arrive for her shift on Sunday, co-workers became concerned. They called, sent messages and stopped by the Rusts' home but couldn't reach Jennifer. So, they called 911.

"We went there on site, but of course the police couldn't reveal any information to us since we weren't family, but we out the pieces together ourselves and got it confirmed later that day," said Rogers.

Jennifer's manager Kevin Ogle says the world will never quite be the same.

"She was able to shine a light on a world that is often dark. Unfortunately, that's not going to be the case anymore, and the world will be a darker place without her," said Ogle.

Rogers says while the pain of losing her best friend is hard to bear, she will focus on the good times.

"She was joy, and she'll be missed greatly, but anyone who knew her has so many memories and so much to take from her," said Rogers.

Some friends tell 6 News Jennifer and her husband were having some problems and she was considering leaving him, but they never thought he could hurt her. Matt Rust has no previous criminal history in Blount County.

Officials say the investigation and preliminary autopsy results point to a murder/suicide committed by Matthew Rust.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call the Blount County Criminal Investigation Division during normal business hours at (865) 273-5001

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