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Memphis Adventist Principal Stabbed to Death by Student

Suzette York, 49, a graduate of Pacific Union College and Loma Linda University, was discovered stabbed to death in a classroom at Memphis Junior Academy on Wednesday, where she had been principal since 2008.

According to Reuters, “Eduardo Marmolejo, an 11th-grader who was among the 64 students at the Seventh-day Adventist-affiliated school, was on the scene when police arrived. He told investigators he didn’t like York and that she had made him angry, according to Sergeant Karen Rudolph, public information officer for the Memphis Police Department.

The 17-year-old student has now been charged with first degree murder

Memphis Junior Academy is a pre-K through 11th grade school operated by the Raleigh and Memphis First Seventh-day Adventist churches in the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference.

The Adventist News Network adds:

Suzette M. York was born on April 18, 1962, in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. She attended Pacific Union College in Angwin, California, United States, and graduated in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She earned a master’s degree from Loma Linda University in 1988.


York taught for nine years in the British Columbia and Maritime Conferences in Canada. She first came to Memphis Junior Academy as a teacher in 1996 and served until 2001. She returned in 2008 to serve as principal and teacher.


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