Phone calls between Stacy Plymel and her husband were a familiar routine for the two travelers, but their last conversation Tuesday night quickly became horrific when gunshots rang out and Jamie Plymel screamed for help.
"I've been shot! I've been shot!" Jamie Plymel told his wife.
Jamie Plymel of Spring Hill had just turned into the rest center off of Interstate 65 on the Kentucky border. His wife was en route to Murfreesboro, but she frantically changed course and raced toward the rest stop, unsure of what she would find.
When she got there, Stacy Plymel learned her husband had died, as had James Roames, the Hendersonville man police accuse of shooting him and then turning the gun on himself. The murder-suicide is seemingly random, and it's baffling investigators and family members.
Even as they planned Plymel's funeral Thursday, family members were still struggling to make sense of his death. Bob DePriest, Stacy Plymel's brother and the family spokesman, said she heard a brief verbal altercation before the gunfire, but Kentucky State Police have not released a motive.
"It's a senseless and tragic loss that defies description," DePriest said. "It's incredible to be on the phone listening to these things happening."
The family is tentatively planning to raise money for Jamie Plymel's cherished 8-year-old son, but those plans have not been finalized. His funeral will be held at noon on Saturday at Pentecostals of Murfreesboro.
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