Woman found dead after house fire was French teacher

Woman found dead after house fire was French teacher

(WMC-TV) – The woman who was found dead after a house fire in Cordova was a language teacher at a Memphis private school.

The medical examiner's report says Estelle Kim died from blunt force trauma and strangulation. Her body was found after fire crews put out a fire at a home on Higdon Cove in Cordova.

Investigators say the fire was set intentionally around 5 p.m. Sunday.

The victim's son, 22-year-old Alexandre Kim, was arrested in connection with her death. He is charged with first degree murder.

Kim, 51, was the French teacher for Hutchison School, an all girls school on Ridgeway Road. She worked at the school for nearly 20 years.

"She truly was a delightful person," said Candy Covington. "She had a certain panache and flare that was very French."

Kim was divorced and she used her maiden name, Carron.

Friends say she moved to New Orleans earlier this year to teach. She returned to Memphis over the weekend on business.

The school released the following statement about her death:

"The Hutchison community is deeply saddened as we mourn the loss of former French teacher Estelle Carron. During her years at Hutchison, Mme Carron was an excellent teacher who was well-respected and loved by all who knew her. She inspired numerous Hutchison young women with her passion for her native French language and culture.

In memory of Mme Carron's contribution to Hutchison's world language program, the School is establishing the Estelle Carron International Week Speaker Program that will continue to enhance and reinforce students' understanding and appreciation of world cultures."

"She was so passionate about world language and the culture that we felt this would be a wonderful way to remember her," said Covington.

Annette Smith, the Head of School says Kim has an adult daughter who also graduated from Hutchison.

Kim's son was arraigned on a 1st degree murder charge Wednesday. His bond was denied. He is scheduled to appear in court again November 7.

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