The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Faces of Domestic Violence

September 29, 2012

Neal Shull: 'My joy'

PENDLETON, Ind. — Neal Shull didn’t think twice about stopping to provide aid that Thursday night, his wife suspects.

“He saw a woman in need and stopped and said, ‘Do you need some help?’” Noelle Shull said, speculating on her husband’s last moments alive on July 26. “Neal had a kind heart. If you needed something he was right there.”

Noelle Shull says that Claudia Bailey, estranged wife of Kenneth James Bailey Jr., related to her the following description of the night of Neal Shull’s death: Neal, 48, was driving by 318 E. Water St. when he saw Kenneth Bailey arguing with Claudia Bailey and stopped his car. Kenneth Bailey then said to Claudia Bailey, “I’m going to show you I’m serious,” before raising a gun and shooting Neal six times, killing him instantly.

That night, one officer was seriously hurt and a K-9 killed before Kenneth Bailey shot himself to death.

Noelle and Neal had a whirlwind romance. They first met after Neal sent Noelle an instant message on a Sunday in October 2004. They talked on the phone all week with plans for a first date on a Friday. Neal couldn’t wait for Friday; they ended up spending the day together Thursday.

Their second date didn’t go as planned either. Noelle was sick. Neal held her hair back out of the way as she vomited. They made the best of the worst times — and the unremarkable ones.

“We just enjoyed each other,” Noelle said. “We didn’t have to do anything special, just be together.”

They married March 12, 2005.

“Neal was the nicest person I’ve ever known,” Noelle said. “He made me laugh every single day. I knew every day how blessed I was and how much he loved me.”

Neal owned NS Painting for 29 years. He was a hard worker and perfectionist who had pride in his work and his relationship with his clients. He enjoyed restoring classic cars and was a member of the Kiwanis service club.

Neal’s love for his children was strong. He spoke to them — Evan, Nicole and Heather — every day.

“Everyone says, ‘It will get better with time; it won’t hurt as time goes by,’” Noelle said. “But it hurts exactly as much as it did from the first day. I have nothing to look forward to now. I can’t even imagine how that emptiness and pain will ever change. But I know I’ll make it because I have to. I’m going to be a good person and Christian and go to heaven so I can see my husband again.”

Text Only
Faces of Domestic Violence
  • 1028 news Domestic Violence illustration06 - Copy.JPG Who can stop domestic violence? You

    The elimination of abuse in relationships — with time, cooperation and commitment — is possible, said Colleen Yeakle, coordinator of the Indiana Coalition of Domestic Violence’s (ICADV) prevention initiative.

    October 27, 2012 1 Photo 5 Stories

  • Legislation comes a long way, but more change needed

    Each year the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence sets its legislative priorities based on year-round discussions with its members and legislators to see what needs are out there and what is going on in the field.

    October 27, 2012

  • 1028 news Empty Table Settings 18a.jpg Children affected by abuse too

    While some may think the atmosphere at Alternatives, the Anderson domestic violence shelter, would be a somber one, instead it is a building filled with laughter and joy.

    October 27, 2012 1 Photo

  • Gissendanner, Kristy.jpg Kristy Gissendanner: 'Vivacious and sweet'

    Six-day-old Gabrielle Gissendanner and her 18-month-old brother Michael weren’t far from their mom when Harry Gissendanner shot and killed Kristy in their Anderson home in 2004.

    October 27, 2012 1 Photo

  • John Davis: ‘Defined by your actions and inactions’

    John Davis wants his pain to make a difference. He’s hopeful sharing what he experienced and witnessed growing up will empower someone else to leave a dangerous situation or avoid it altogether.

    October 27, 2012

  • ‘It was life-altering’

    Casey Huffman should have taken her son Camdon to his first day of kindergarten this year. She should be picking out a Halloween costume for him. She should be thinking about how to help him achieve his hopes and dreams. Instead, Casey mourns over his all-too-early death.

    October 27, 2012

  • Tomlinson, Tina.tif Tina Tomlinson: 'She was a hoot'

    Tina Tomlinson was just “plain fun,” her family recalled. The mother of two and dedicated grandmother was someone family could look to for a good time.

    October 27, 2012 1 Photo

  • 1024 news Domestic violence forum 108a.jpg Domestic violence prevention is possible, expert says

    Gender stereotypes are just one thing that Todd Cawthorn and five other speakers, during a 90-minute panel discussion Tuesday night, talked about that create an environment where domestic violence is accepted.

    October 23, 2012 3 Photos

  • 1023 news Dating violence talk 33a.jpg Teens can be victims of domestic violence, too

    Dating violence has been seen locally in relationships as young as sixth grade, Alternatives Inc. prevention specialist Todd Cawthorn said.

    October 22, 2012 2 Photos

  • 1021 news pendleton town court 020.jpg Justice for victims

    While a protective order is an important piece of the legal puzzle that domestic violence victims have to solve, Judge Stephen Clase stresses to each that it is, after all, “just a piece of paper.” “They won’t stop a knife or a bullet,” he said. “I tell them they need to be on guard at all times.”

    October 20, 2012 1 Photo

Featured Ads
Online Extras
  • Where to find help

    Alternatives Inc., 24-hour crisis line
    (765) 643-0200 or (866) 593-9999
    Kandi Floyd, Christy Clark, Dara Tracy -- victim’s advocates
    Victims Assistance Program, Madison County Sheriff’s Department
    (765) 646-4078 or (765) 646-4079
    Gay Doss, Jaime Wilhoite -- victim assistance providers
    Victim Assistance Program, Madison County Prosecutor‘s Office
    (765) 641-9673
    Melinda Padgett, Karla Montgomery, Alison Lutz, Gracie Roman, Laura Evans -- victim assistance providers
    Victim Assistance Unit, Anderson Police Department
    (765) 648-6773, Lessa Johnson, Christy Jones -- victim assistance specialists
    Sowers of Seeds Counseling, Batters’ Intervention Program
    (765) 649-3452
    Vaughn Walker -- supervisor

    Anonymous The Herald Bulletin Fri, October 12
    678 days
More Resources from The Herald Bulletin
AP Video
US: We Do Not Pay Ransom to Terrorists Ferguson Teachers Training to Deal With Trauma Jon Hamm on the Unrest in Ferguson Tit for Tat? McDonald's Shuttered in Moscow Life on the Professional Video Game Circuit TX Gov Perry in Washington: 'Confident' in Case Hospital Releases Two Missionaries Who Had Ebola Ramen Health Risks: The Dark Side of the Noodle NYC Doctor-in-chief Seeks Community Approach Indonesian Police Fire Tear Gas at Protesters Raw: Shots Fired in Liberian Shantytown DOJ, Bank of America Reach Record Settlement Raw: Cubavision Airs Images of Fidel Castro Raw: Grief After Deadly Airstrikes in Gaza Officer Who Pointed Gun at Protesters Suspended Kathy Griffin Challenges Minaj to 'a Booty Off' Johnson: Six Arrests, No Tear Gas in Ferguson Raw: Rescue, Relief Efforts at Japan Landslide Cadavers, a Teen, and a Medical School Dream California Drought Stings Honeybees, Beekeepers

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Helium debate
Front page