Victims: Wanda Walters, 61, & Kristina “Krissie” Carter, 48
Murderer’s age: 16
Deaths: August 28, 2017, Clovis, New Mexico
Wanda and Krissie were both murdered during a shooting rampage while working at the Clovis-Carver Public Library in August 2017. Both Krissie and Wanda were librarians at the library where they were killed. Krissie was the youth service librarian while Wanda was the circulation assistant.
Wanda loved people and meant a lot to the community. She enjoyed talking to people and sharing in their lives.
Kristina “Krissie” Carter, 48, of Clovis, NM died Monday, August 28, 2017. Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 pm Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at Clovis Civic Center, 801 Schepps Blvd, with Pastor Derek Osburn officiating. Cremation has taken place.
Krissie was born June 24, 1969, in Mountain Home, ID to Hannelore Renate Hoenisch. She married Kelly Carter November 21, 1997, in Clovis, NM. Krissie worked as the Youth Services Librarian at Clovis-Carver Public Library. She was a member of the Kiwanis. Krissie loved fishing, camping, cooking, gardening, crafting, taking care of her animals, reading and spending time with her family.
Survivors include her husband; Kelly Carter, two daughters; Evie Fisher of Albuquerque, NM, and Chelsey (Buddy) Jorde of Clovis, NM, son; Kelly (Amosa) Carter Jr. of Clovis, mother; Hannelore Bruner of Clovis, NM, brother and sister-in-law; Max B. and Leslie Floyd of Clovis, NM, and Michael and Diana Schaller of Germany, and one granddaughter; Krisela Carter.
The family request memorial contributions be made to Clovis-Carver Library Legacy, c/o City of Clovis, 321 N Connelly, Clovis, NM 88101.
Wanda Beth Walters, 61, of Clovis, NM died Monday, August 28, 2017.
She was born February 6, 1956, in Merkel, TX to Winston Edward Blair and LilyFaye Suzanne Pilkington Blair. Wanda was a member of Bethel Assembly of God Church and served on the worship team. She worked as the Circulation Assistant at Clovis-Carver Library. Wanda loved reading, listening to music, playing the piano, and spending time with people. She collected Light Houses.
Survivors include her son; Rick (Faith) Walters of San Antonio, TX, daughter; Mandie Walters of University Place, WA, three grandchildren; Brandon Walters, Gracie Walters, and Avyn Walters, and niece; Tobi Cassell. She was preceded in by her parents; Winston and LilyFaye Blair, and brother; David Blair.
CLOVIS – Kristina “Krissie” Carter, 48, and Wanda Walters, 61, were well-known friendly faces at the Clovis-Carver Public Library.
Carter lived most of her life in Clovis and raised two daughters there, encouraging them to join the swim team and travel to competitions, said her daughter Chelsey Jorde.
“She was my childhood Girl Scout troop leader,” Jorde said. “She loved reading and listening to audiobooks. She liked to go camping and fishing with my dad. She liked to travel to Germany to see my uncle and aunt there. They had a lot of adventures there.”
Jorde said Carter threw herself into her job as a youth services librarian at the library, where she had worked since November 2002.
“She loved her job. Even more, she loved the kids that came with it,” Jorde said.
Walters, who had worked at the library since 2010, was a circulation assistant who many in the town remembered seeing on their regular trips to the library.
A relative said her son and daughter are in shock and requested privacy.
“She was a wonderful woman, a devout Christian and she loved her family,” said Misty Moore. “She was a very special person and she didn’t deserve to be shot down like an animal at her job.”
Hundreds turned out for vigils held at two churches in the area Tuesday evening.
At 6 p.m., about 150 mourners gathered at Central Baptist Church in a solemn setting as the choir sang religious hymns. Audience members cried and hugged.
An hour later, more than 400 members of the community filled the rows of seats at Faith Christian Family Church, standing and clapping as the church’s praise and worship band played.
Mayor David Lansford spoke at both vigils, asking the city to be strong and hold the victims in their thoughts and prayers.