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Murdered Teacher Was Trying to Leave Bad Marriage

Husband had been stalking her, even showing up at her job in order to see former wife.

Kim Conover was trying to leave a bad marriage, but was confronted with a partner who was not willing to let her go and had started stalking her, including showing up at the school where she worked, according to a family member.

“She was trying to raise her kids and being with him was not the best way she could do that,” said a family member who did not want to identify herself in order to protect her privacy. “She was doing her best to get away from him and just trying to put her kids first.”

Conover, 43, was Kevin Conover, 41, Sunday outside her attorney's office on Keller Street. On Monday her divorce attorney Jeffrey Zimmerman told Petaluma Patch that Kim had put in an application for a restraining order at the Sonoma County Superior Court, but that it had not yet been approved at the time of her murder.

The family member who spoke to Patch described Kevin Conover as a negative influence on Kim, someone who had not held a job for many years.

“He couldn’t just kill himself, he had to take her too,” said the family member, fighting back tears. “What he did speaks for itself to what kind of a person he was.”

Both Kim and Kevin graduated from Petaluma High School and met through Kevin's sister. They had been married for about two years and leave behind 18-months twins, a boy and a girl. Conover also has two daughters, 12 and 15, from a previous relationship.

Reached by phone Monday morning, Kevin Conover's mother, Jean, declined comment, but the family later issued a statement, saying they were devastated by what happened.

"Our hearts go out to the Baucom and Sullivan (the last name of Kim's ex-husband) families for their senseless loss; especially to Kim’s daughters. We appreciate and are eternally grateful for the love and support being shown in the community for all of us impacted by this tragedy."

Friends described Kim Conover as fun, energetic and whip-smart, a second grade teacher at Meadow Elementary, a position she has held for the last 12 years. Conover loved her job, in part because it gave her the chance to teach kids how to read.

“She was really smart, kind, a lot of fun and somebody set high goals for herself,” she said. “And she was a great teacher.”

Grievance counselors are at Meadow Elementary today to help students deal with the sudden loss, said Waugh District Superintendent Robert Cmelak, and will stay on campus “as long as necessary.”

Conover’s class will be taken over by first grade teachers at the school in order to give the students a familiar face as they cope with the new.

“Kim has taught hundreds of kids at Waugh,” said Cmelak. “She had an amazing smile that lit up the room. She will be greatly missed."

Jimmy Simms April 24, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Like I said you for sure are involved and trying to cover your ass. The only way you know that much is if you are involved. My suggestion to you is hope that a good attorney does not find this family.
Concerned Citizen April 25, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Jimmy...You're so good at "saying" things, you fail to take the time to even LISTEN. I'm not covering anything. I don't work for the city, judicial system, or anything even remotely close to what transpired. Your Internet conspiracy theory is rather humorous regarding my involvement. If there is ANY impropriety on behalf of any official involved, I hope they do receive consequences, but it's so obvious that's not the case, based on the facts, that it's puzzling you can't understand them. And your continued failure to understand the true nature of Spousal Abuse, even when I provided a bit of info, just feeds your paranoid mind-set. I'm sure you're probably a good person Jimmy, but your efforts could be better spent learning about the subject, rather than looking foolish.
Concerned Citizen April 25, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Half of all American's get divorced. Please show me where they deserve to be brutally murdered for leaving a partner? Your implication is beyond disgusting.
alex May 04, 2012 at 03:50 PM
That's my first grade teacher.....
Mconbub March 08, 2013 at 06:31 AM
Why did you all do this this is stupid and sill especially if you were not apart of anything even if you would like to say you are to get attention. You really all needed to leave everything be and not bash the man that did it this he was somebody's son. Brother. Uncle. Everyone should've just left it alone!

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