Students mourn death of Marfa high school teacher

Students at Marfa Independent School District were mourning the death of a teacher who worked with early college high students Monday.

CBS 7 has reported that a Marfa High School teacher, who is from Odessa, was stabbed and killed March 16 in Fort Davis.

Presidio County dispatch told CBS 7 the woman’s husband was in custody, but no information on charges was available.

They added that he told police he “found her,” the station reported.

The woman worked for Marfa Independent School District, but lived in Fort Davis.

The Jeff Davis County Sheriff’s Office said the sheriff will issue a news release, which was not available as of press time Monday.

Marfa Independent School District Superintendent Oscar Aguero said the teacher was with the district for two years. Neither the district nor the Jeff Davis County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the teacher.

Aguero said the teacher worked with early college high school students. Marfa ISD has 350 students, 94 of whom attend the high school.

He said extra counselors were brought in Monday from Valentine, Fort Davis, Alpine, Odessa and Midland.

The last few years have been tough in Marfa, Aguero said, with the deaths of three students and now a teacher.

The mood at the district on Monday was quiet and solemn. Aguero said there has been lots of talking and students have been going to counselors and sharing how they feel.

He said there was a small memorial service for the teacher Sunday conducted by students and they left some flowers and other items out by the flag pole.

The Marfa Shorthorns’ Facebook page had this message:

“Friday, a terrible tragedy occurred, and with it came a great loss to the Marfa ISD family. It is with a heavy heart that we have begun preparation of counselors and other support systems for the needs of our students and staff. As we continue to mourn, we will do whatever is needed to make sure our community feels safe and comforted.”

A Marfa Independent School District student kneels by the flagpole Sunday at Marfa High School where flowers were placed in remembrance of a high school teacher who was fatally stabbed Friday in Fort Davis. The teacher was not identified and authorities had yet to charge a suspect Monday afternoon.

John Aguero|Courtesy photo

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