DUNWOODY: Daycare thriving a year after shooting outside its doors | News
DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Costumed toddlers were all smiles checking out their brand new garden, covered playground area and indoor gymnasium at Dunwoody Prep. It is a welcome sight to staffers and parents who still remember the sad events of last fall.
On Nov. 18, Rusty Sneiderman had just dropped off his son at Dunwoody Prep when he was gunned down and killed in the parking lot.
Owner Jane Newman said the school was locked down immediately and luckily no students witnessed the crime.
"We went along with our day as we would normally," she said. "The children had no idea what had happened out in the parking lot."
In fact, Sneiderman's son spent the remainder of the day at the daycare while police investigated the scene.
Parent Susan Miller remembers that morning well.
"My daughter was already inside," she said. "They kept everything really calm. My daughter still has no clue about what happened."
In fact, it was the school's extensive camera surveillance system that helped lead police to their suspect, Hemy Neuman.
The former GE executive has indicated in court records he will plead guilty by reason of insanity when he goes to trial early next year.
Several workers at the daycare center have received subpoenas to testify.
Since the shooting, the victim's wife, Andrea Sneiderman, has enrolled her son and daughter in a different school.
Prosecutors have stated they believe Neuman and Andrea Sneiderman were having an affair and that may have been the motive for murder. Sneiderman has never been charged in the case.
"I feel for the family," said parent Sandy Chapman. "Having to raise two kids on your own after losing your spouse, that's hard for anybody."
While they remember the events of last November, staffers and parents at Dunwoody Prep have made a conscious effort to move forward. The new renovations just finished were planned well before the shooting, but owner Jane Newman said it serves as a visual reminder of a still thriving school that is making strides toward the future not the past.