Domestic violence claims life of Iowa veteran

A 30-year-old Urbandale woman who served three tours in Iraq as member of the Iowa Air National Guard is dead this week, believed to have been gunned down by her estranged husband in his Des Moines apartment.

Tereseann Lynch, according to police reports, was believed to have been abducted Wednesday from a mall nearby and than transported to the apartment where she was shot. The man, Randall Moore, has been charged with first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping and attempted murder (for also non-fatally shooting a police officer who responded to the scene).

Lynch and Moore have an eight-month-old son, who was not in the apartment at the time of the murder.

Court records show that Moore had a history of domestic assault, and that Lynch had obtained a temporary restraining order against him.

Gov. Chet Culver honored Lynch today by dedicating the Sullivan Brothers Award of Valor ceremony to her:

After the tragic death of TereseAnn Lynch yesterday in Des Moines, Governor Chet Culver today dedicated the Sullivan Brothers Award of Valor Ceremony in her honor.

Technical Sergeant TereseAnn Lynch was a member of Iowa Air National Guard for a decade, and served in Iraq. She was also an employee of the Iowa Department of Human Services in the Child Support Recovery Unit.

Below is the Governor’s statement made today at the Sullivan Brothers Award of Valor ceremony on the passing of TereseAnn Lynch.

“I want to take a moment to recognize an Iowan who symbolized the spirit of service we are honoring today. Yesterday, the state of Iowa lost one of our family with the tragic death of TereseAnn Lynch.

“She was a dedicated state employee at the Department of Human Services, an Iraq War veteran, and a member of the Iowa Air National Guard. She was also the mother of an 8-month-old son. I would like to extend my condolences to her family, loved ones, and friends. To all who knew her, I want to say this: Although no words can take away your grief, I simply want you to know that we are mourning with you, and we care for you.

“I would like to dedicate today’s ceremony to the life of TereseAnn Lynch and to her undying spirit of service to our fellow Iowans.

“TereseAnn Lynch was a victim of domestic violence. My wife, Mari, has made stopping domestic violence a focus of her work. She tragically lost her cousin, who was murdered by her husband in 2004. I stand with the First Lady – and all victims of domestic violence. So, if you or a loved one need help, please call the 24-hour domestic violence hotline at 1-800-942-0333. People are ready and waiting to help.”

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