Shooting leaves family in shock

Former Alaska resident charged with killing wife, 4 children

Posted: Wednesday, February 16, 2000

FAIRBANKS - Former Fairbanks resident Tina Wood was one of those people who drew the world to her, said her mother. She was bright, friendly, and could do just about anything, from play the piano to cut her children's hair.

``Anything she wanted to learn to do, she could do it,'' her mother, Cheryl Egan, said Tuesday night.

Wood, 31, and four of her six children died Monday in Missouri in a tragedy her family here can hardly begin to absorb.

Wood's husband, Raymond, was taken into custody in Warrensburg, Mo., and charged with the shooting deaths of Tina and their children Jared, 10, Joshua, 8, Emily, 7, and Hannah, 5.

The youngest of the Wood children, Moriah, 4, and Katlin, 2, survived the shooting but remain hospitalized. Moriah was listed in critical condition and Katlin was in fair condition Tuesday.

Raymond Wood, 36, was held under a $2 million bond after being arraigned Tuesday on five counts of murder, two counts of assault and seven counts of armed criminal action. He had a history of mental illness.

In Fairbanks, Egan, her husband, Michael, and their daughters Ginger, Julie and Amy were preparing Tuesday night to board a plane for Missouri to take care of Moriah and Katlin, make funeral arrangements and sort out the affairs of the young family.

Tina Wood was born in Fairbanks in 1968, the oldest of four sisters. She graduated from Lathrop High School in 1986.

Wood was an honor student with a gift for music, her mother said. She played the clarinet in high school and joined the jazz band at Lathrop her freshman year. She also took private piano lessons and loved classical music.

She also did ordinary things in high school - played softball, baby-sat, was a member of the German Club and delivered newspapers.

After graduation, Wood studied music at Graceland College in Iowa, and then at the University of Alaska Anchorage before marrying Raymond Wood in Anchorage in 1987. The Woods have lived in Missouri for a little over 10 years, Egan said.

There she home-schooled the older children, baked the family's bread and kept livestock. Goats were milked twice a day because one of the children was allergic to cow's milk.

``She was very dedicated to her family,'' Egan said.

She also taught piano and served as her church's music director.

``She was just really good at teaching her students,'' Egan said. ``They loved her.''

Egan said she and her husband and her daughters are having a difficult time taking in what has happened. Raymond Wood was a loving father, Egan said, and the shootings do not jibe with the man they knew.

Raymond Wood has suffered from mental illness. He was committed to Alaska Psychiatric Institute after an incident in 1985 in which he broke into a home, forced motorists off an Anchorage road and got involved in a brawl. He was taken to the hospital after telling police he was God and could make himself invisible.

``I know her husband didn't mean to do what he did,'' Egan said through tears. ``He was ill.''

All thought now is focused on taking care of ``the babies,'' Moriah and Katlin, Egan said. Tina and Raymond Wood had little money and the family will set up a fund to help pay for the girls' medical expenses and education, Egan said.

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