Slain principal remembered as "wonderful Christian lady" - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Slain principal remembered as "wonderful Christian lady"

(WMC-TV) - Family, friends and colleagues remembered 49-year-old Suzette York, a principal and teacher at Memphis Junior Academy who was allegedly killed by a student Wednesday.

Rita Powell, a former board member at Memphis Junior Academy, said York touched many lives.

"A wonderful Christian lady," said Powell.  "You could not know someone who had a sweeter spirit."

York served as principal of Memphis Junior Academy since 2008.  She also taught grades seven to 10.

York was originally from Canada.  She first came to Memphis Junior Academy as a teacher in 1996 until 2001.  She returned in 2008 to serve as principal and teacher.

The school reportedly has more than 70 students enrolled in kindergarten through tenth grade.

York's colleagues said she and others lobbied the conference education board to expand the school to serve up to twelfth grade.  The board had recently approved the move.

"Loved the children, loved the school," said Powell.  "Loved God first and most."

While the exact details surrounding York's death remain under investigation, those who knew York said they are also thinking about the other life affected by the crime.

"We also have compassion and grievance tonight for the young child," said Seventh-Day Adventist Pastor David Steede.  "We don't know the particulars of the situation, but there's definitely going to be a lot of pain and a lot of hurt."

Eduardo Marmalejo, 17, is charged with killing York.

Funeral arrangements for York have not been announced.

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