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North Port teacher's family says the shooting was a tragic accident

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NORTH PORT, Fla. -- "She was the most wonderful, bright, loving, giving, caring, generous person that anyone ever knew," said Joan Morgan, the mother of Holly Fisher.

Early Saturday morning the North Port Police Department was called to the 4000 block of Dobbins Road in North Port in reference to a shooting.

"All the evidence suggests Mrs. Fisher fired a round and then took her own life. The circumstances surrounding that we're continuing to investigate," says North Port Public Information Officer Josh Taylor.

That round hit her husband, Chase, in the chest. We spoke to him by phone on Monday. He didn't want to do an on-camera interview but he told us he loved his wife dearly and his wife loved him. He believes his wife didn't mean to shoot him, or herself. His mother-in-law agrees.

"It was an accident. She never touched a gun before that night. Her finger must have just hit it and it went off. Hurting her husband, the center of her universe? It was over," said Morgan.

Fisher was an active member of the community. Beloved by many, especially at the school she taught at, Heron Creek Middle School. On Monday, grief councilors were on hand.

"Every person deals with grief differently. So, students who need a safe place to talk, we wanted to provide that opportunity with trained professionals who can adequately guide the students who are in need," said Debbie Giacolone, Supervisor for Sarasota County Schools Student Services.

Fisher's loss was even felt across the street at North Port High School. Grief councilors are there as well. They will remain at both schools for the time being.

"As long as there continues to be a need at the school we want to continue to be there to support it," said Giacolone.

Morgan believes her daughters impact will be felt by many for years to come.

"For the rest of our lives there won't be one moment that we don't remember her. Her brother, her dad and I. Her husband, her kids. We won't forget her for one moment of our lives," said Morgan.