‘She made that ultimate sacrifice’: Sister of Norton murder victim speaks


The sister of the woman killed in Norton County said Lori Shields will be remembered for her generous heart.

“She put anyone before herself. She has put me before herself plenty of times. She loved my babies. She just loved everyone and the town that she lived in, Norton, they all just loved her to pieces,” said Lori’s sister Mary Humphrey. 

Lori, 38, was found dead in her home Sunday afternoon. Lori’s husband, Damien Shields, 42, is suspected of killing her.

Humprhey said she received a call from Damien on the day of the murder.

“He was talking in a calm manner and I only really answered it because it was her phone. Ater I finished letting him speak, I asked him, I was like, ‘Well, Damien where is Lori? Where is she at?’ and he just answered in the calmest voice, ‘Oh, she’s dead. I killed her,'” Humphrey said.

Humphrey said she immediately contacted law enforcement in Norton.

“I was crying uncontrollably, but they went and checked on her,” Humphrey said. “It was taking hours for them to contact me back and I knew then something wasn’t right.”

She eventually got a call from police. She said they told her they had located Lori’s body. 

Humphrey said she is haunted by her phone conversation with Damien.

“I have begged her and begged her to just leave. I begged her to come with me, but you can’t make someone do anything until they are ready and I had always told her, ‘Lori, it ends one of two ways. Either you leave or he kills you,'” she said.

Damien was convicted of domestic battery, aggravated battery and violating a protective order in 2010, according to court documents.

Humphrey said she is heartbroken. She hopes no other family has to go through a similar situation.

“Get out. It’s not worth it in the end. A life was lost here and never can come back,” she said. “She made that ultimate sacrifice.”

Lori, an elementary school secretary, leaves behind three children, ages 14, 8 and 3, according to Humphrey.

Damien was arrested in Cape Girardeau, Missouri on Monday. He is awaiting extradition to Kansas.

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