Wilton teacher killed in New Fairfield, counseling will be provided to students and school staff

Update: Sunday, 8:30 p.m. — Wilton public schools will provide counseling Monday for students and staff following the death Saturday night of Cider Mill music teacher Svetlana Bell.

Superintendent of Schools Gary Richards sent the following note to staff members:

This morning we were deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Cider Mill Cider Mill music teacher Svetlana Bell. Svetlana had been a member of our staff since 2006. I wanted to let you know that we will have counseling services available tomorrow as we process the loss of our friend and colleague. At this time we have no information about services, but we will make this known as it becomes available.

I know I speak for us all when I say that our thoughts and prayers are with Svetlana's family.

Sunday, 10:15 a.m. —Svetlana Bell, a music teacher at Cider Mill School, was killed Saturday night at her home in New Fairfield.

According to the Associated Press, New Fairfield police said 63-year-old Robert Bell allegedly shot his wife Svetlana, 47, four times after an altercation Saturday night, Dec. 8.

Police said they received a 911 call from Robert Bell requesting an ambulance shortly after 7 p.m., according to the AP. When they arrived at the house, police found Svetlana Bell unresponsive on the kitchen floor, with apparent gunshot wounds to her chest area. She was taken to Danbury Hospital, where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

According to the AP, Robert Bell has been charged with first-degree manslaughter with a firearm and other offenses. He is due in Danbury Superior Court on Monday.

A native of Russia, Ms. Bell joined the Wilton School District in 2006. She received a degree from a university in Russia, and upon coming to the United States she received her teaching certification from Charter Oak. She has a degree in music from Western Connecticut State University.