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Vigil honors Memphis principal murdered in classroom

(WMC-TV) - A Mid-South principal murdered by one of her students earlier this week was remembered Friday by the people whose lives she touched.

Dr. Bradley and Nan Frezza arrived in tears as they placed flowers on the steps of Memphis Junior Academy  They were in honor of principal Suzette York, who was murdered Wednesday inside a classroom at the school.

"She was a great Christian lady," Frezza said. "I don't know why things happen to somebody who is so great."

York was remembered as someone who loved God, her school, and children.

It's been a tremendous amount of melancholy," said Victoria Hendred, a student. "I only knew her a short period of time, but she made me feel welcome at the school."

York was originally from Canada. She started out as a teacher in 1996, and served until 2001. She returned in 2008 to serve as principal. York also taught grades seven through ten.

Friday night, as colleagues, friends, and students choked back tears, they tried to console each other, many of them reflecting on just how thankful they are for the life of York and her commitment to Christian education.

"She was kind and caring," said Georgette Hendred, a parent. "This was her mission, and she told me God had sent her here, and she loved doing this."

Meanwhile, others spent the night thinking about the other life affected by the crime.

"I know the family of the boy that has been accused of this has got to be going through a lot of pain, and trouble, too. We keep them in our prayers as well," Bradley Frezza said. "Just a tragedy all the way around."

York's funeral will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday at the Memphis First Seventh-day Adventist Church, located at 7895 Cordova Road in Cordova.

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