by: Kristy Wolski Updated:
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Family members spoke to Action News about an apparent murder-suicide in Northwest Jacksonville.
The loved ones of Nancy and Oscar Tinsley tell Action News that Oscar Tinsley killed Nancy M. Johnson-Tinsley Wednesday and then killed himself.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office confirmed the names of the victims Thursday morning and said the investigation remains active.
Nancy Tinsley’s brother and nephew spoke to Action News photographer Will Finson and reporter Kristy Wolski about the tragedy.
“I just loved my sister Nancy, I loved her,” said Jack Johnson, victim’s brother. “A tragedy like this, it's kind of hard to say anything.”
Nancy Tinsley’s loved ones said she recently retired after 35 years working for the Duval County school system. They said she was based at the Ribault High School campus. They told us the couple had been married about 40 years.
“We’re going to keep going and cherish the moments,” said Chris Williams, victim’s nephew. “She’s gone to a better place. No more suffering.”
Neighbor Patrice Lewis said she’s known the Tinsleys for about 20 years “They were a really nice family,” Lewis said. “Seemed like a close-knit family and they were good people.”
Family members tell Action News they’re expecting nearly 200 people in town over the next several days for a family reunion. They said they plan to still hold the events, keeping Nancy Tinsley’s advice in their heart
“She told me, 'Always look forward, let the past go and look forward and be strong through struggling times,’” said Williams. “That’s what she always told me.”
The family reunion is scheduled to go through Sunday.
The Duval County School District said Thursday Nancy Tinsley worked as a clerk typist from 1980 until her retirement in February.