Former Eugene woman found murdered in burning house; estranged husband arrested
EUGENE, Ore. - A woman found murdered in the burning remains of her southern Oregon home grew up in Eugene and often visited her family here, according to friends.
Tammy Hicks, 49, was found dead after firefighters responded to a blaze at her home in Sams Valley in Jackson County.
Detectives arrested her estranged husband, Kevin Dean Hicks Sr., on charges of murder and abuse of a corpse.
The two had separated.
"Last October deputies arrested Mr. Hicks for a domestic violence incident," Sgt. Julie Denney with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office said. "He was charged with assault and the victim in that case was Tammy Hicks."
A friend of Tammy's family said she was a native Oregonian who lived in several different areas growing up, including Eugene off of River Road.
Tammy had grandparents in the Eugene area and visited often. She moved to the Medford area as an adult and raised her children there.
"My concern is the kids because they don't have mom or dad anymore," said Billie Thrower. "And they loved their mom. Their mom was their backbone."
Friends have set up a GoFundMe account to raise money for the children, ages 10 to 16.
Authorities say the children were not present at the time of the murder and fire.