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Community remembers teacher murdered in classroom

Suzette York Suzette York

(WMC-TV) - For those who knew Suzette York, saying goodbye to their dear principal has been extremely difficult.

"It hurts but we have God in our hearts, and we know we can make it through this because we trust the Lord," Luann Barcelona said.

Friends, family and colleagues gathered Monday inside Memphis First Seventh Day Adventist Church in Cordova to pay their last respects to Suzette York.

"It was tense in there, but there was a lot of love in there," said Robert Krizan, a former student of York's.

"She was just a nice person even when people get in trouble," said Elizabeth Little, a student at Memphis Junior Academy. "She was never mean about it."

Little said she still can't understand what drove accused suspect Eduardo Marmalejo to murder York inside a classroom at the school
 
"I think she was like ministering to him and praying with him and stuff like that and teaching and learning the bible with him," LIttle said. "I don't understand how he could do that to her."

Those who knew and loved York say she was a devout Christian who loved God, the school and children.  
 
York, who is originally from Canada, started out as a teacher in 1996 and served until 2001.  She returned to the school in 2008 to serve as principal, as well as teach grades 7 to 10.  
 
Those who attended the service said they were thankful for the life York led and her commitment to Christian education.  
 
"This could be a big loss for everybody," said James Coates, whose child attends Memphis Junior Academy.

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