Friends shocked by suspicious death of Bloomington woman

FORSYTH--A woman who grew up in Maroa-Forsyth was found dead at a business in Bloomington Tuesday, and family friends are in shock. 

Pamela Zimmerman was a standout student during her time at Maroa-Forsyth High School. Just ask any of her classmates. 

"She was class president, class vice president, student treasurer, voted most likely to succeed," said classmate, Judy Dunham.

After graduating at the top of her class in 1979, Zimmerman studied accounting in college, and eventually moved to Bloomington, where she was an investment adviser at Cetera Financial Specialists. But there was one more accomplishment she was about to add to her list. 

 "[She was] newly engaged and she was talking about how happy she was," said Dunham. "And that she found somebody that loved her and that her life was finally getting back together."

But Zimmerman's life was seemingly cut short. Bloomington Police showed up at her office on East Washington St. around 7 AM Tuesday after receiving a call from a concerned family friend. That's where they found her unresponsive. 

About an hour later, the McLean County Coroner pronounced Zimmerman dead, due to multiple gunshot wounds. 

"That is a very tragic thing because there are not a lot of people like her," said Dunham. "And we need more people like her."

Police aren't releasing many other details, but are calling the circumstances surrounding Zimmerman's death suspicious. 

"But I just want to know why," said Dunham. "Why it happened because it didn't have to."

The investigation is active and ongoing. 
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