Doctor who grew up in Athens shot and killed in Indiana – News – The State Journal-Register

An Athens, Illinois, native working as a physician in South Bend, Indiana, was fatally shot this week.

Dr. Todd Graham, 56, died Wednesday after Michael Jarvis, the husband of a new patient, shot him. Graham refused to prescribe opioid pain medication to Jarvis’ wife, Petra. Jarvis confronted Graham outside his office, shooting him twice in the head and killing him. Jarvis took his own life later that day, according to The South Bend Tribune.

Graham is survived by his wife, Julie, and three children, Travis, Elena and Jacqueline, according to the Palmer Funeral Home’s obituary. He grew up in Athens and graduated from the local high school. He studied at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and got his medical degree from Northwestern University School of Medicine.

He spent 30 years in the South Bend area as a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist. He ran his own practice for 22 years before becoming a partner at South Bend Orthopedics.

“Anyone who came into contact with Todd was struck by the sparkle in his eye when he discussed his three children, his work and his relationship with his loving wife, Julie,” the obituary reads.

Efforts Friday to reach a family member who still lives in the Springfield area were unsuccessful.

Online condolences can be left at www.palmerfuneralhomes.com.

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