Clyde Valentine Ida Valentine CMS teacher dead shot home - - Columbia, South Carolina

Warrant: Teacher had tape over mouth, gunshot wound to head

Clyde Bernard Valentine from his arrest in June Clyde Bernard Valentine from his arrest in June

A former Charlotte-Mecklenburg school teacher was fired from the school district two days before police say his son found him, and his wife, fatally shot inside their northwest Charlotte home.

The incident was reported around 3:51 p.m. Thursday along the 6400 block of Swift Arrow Lane, in the Pawtuckett Forest community.

A man called 911 and told officers that he found his parents deceased inside the bedroom of their home. Clyde Valentine had tape over his mouth, according to the search warrant.

That warrant also revealed that both people had gunshot wounds to the head.

Police say Clyde and Ida Valentine, both 59, were found dead in their home.

WBTV learned Clyde Valentine was suspended from Philip O. Berry Academy. He was arrested in June, accused of indecent liberties with a child, and arrested again in September for statutory rape.

Valentine taught Career Technical Education, since 2002, a CMS official told WBTV in June when he was arrested.

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At the time, Valentine was placed on administrative leave, and CMS said it would wait for the outcome of the investigation to make a decision on his status as a teacher.

Friday, CMS confirmed Valentine was terminated on October 30th, two days prior to his death.

Compassion came for the victims at Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology.

Despite problems, Clyde Valentine was remembered as a caring instructor.

Elijah Hackett was one of his students.

"He kind of taught us things in a good way. He was a pretty good teacher. I didn't something like this would happen."

Traces of yellow tape, and unopened mail point to the eeriness at the home on Swift Arrow Lane.

Craig Adams moved in just across the street several weeks ago.

"Just an argument last week. They were yelling. That they need to learn to respect each other, and that's all they kept yelling. You need to respect me, "he said." I heard that about 10 times and that's the only disturbance we heard."

The alleged victim is not a CMS student, and the alleged incidents did not occur on school grounds.

Detectives with the Homicide Unit are canvassing the neighborhood to determine whether there are any witnesses to this incident. 

Police also told WBTV that it does not appear to be a random attack, but gave no other details as of 11:45 p.m. Thursday.

Video from Sky 3 shows police canvassing the neighborhood. The street is currently blocked off.

Detectives continue to ask for the public's assistance in developing information in this case. 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective.  Detective Grande is the lead detective assigned to the case.

In addition, you may also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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