Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Memphis Junior Academy principal killed in classroom

Suzette York, principal (left). Eduardo Marmolejo, student (right).

A school principal was stabbed to death Aug. 10 at a Seventh-day Adventist school in Memphis, Tenn.

Memphis police say Suzette York, 49, was found dead inside a classroom that morning at Memphis Junior Academy just three days into the new school year.

Eduardo Marmolejo, 16, has been arrested and is being charged with first-degree murder. He was the school’s first and only 11th grade student.

Prosecutors want to try the teen as an adult.

The teen is being held without bond and was ordered by the court to undergo a mental evaluation.

Memphis Junior Academy had started classes Aug. 8. Classes have been suspended for the rest of the week.

Motives
According to police, Marmolejo said he planned on killing her since May 2011, when he found out he would be returning to Memphis Junior Academy.

Marmolejo said he decided to kill York that Wednesday because he knew he would be alone with her, according to police.

According to CNN, Marmolejo held a grudge because he had been switched out of a class the he liked during the previous school year.

Memorials
According to the Commercial Appeal, the school is starting a memorial fund to finish a media center York wanted to build at the school.

An candlelight vigil will be at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12 at the school, according to the MJA website.

York's funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. Aug. 15 at the Memphis First Seventh-day Adventist Church.

This article has been updated to include new developments.

Videos

Eduardo Marmolejo leaving the Criminal Justice Complex:



Candlelight vigil held at MJA:



Note: Event no longer live.
Live streaming of Suzette York's funeral:

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4 comments:

Thandi said...

Does anyone know what religion he is? (I'm adventist, just trying to make sense of this.)

Anonymous said...

My heart goes out to family members, staff and students of this school. The little we have heard does not make sense, if the boy did not want to go back to school he could have stayed at home or asked to go elsewhere,but kill the Principal? That is devilish.

Matt 10:28 and Luke 12:4 counsels us not to fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul, but rather to fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Anonymous said...

We are truly living in the last days, the bible talks about perilous times that are to come, let pray for one another.

Anonymous said...

This person doesn't sound like someone who should have been at this school.He admitted he planned on killing her at the end of school last year. All summer away from school, and he still had enough hate in his heart that he planned which day her death would occur? I hope justice is done for her both on earth, and at the ressurection.

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