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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.”

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  • 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

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