Two Years Later, Few Answers in Slaying of Charlottesville Teacher

By: Chris Stover Email
By: Chris Stover Email

July 29, 2013

Monday marks two years since Charlottesville teacher Dawn Reddick died in her hometown of Newark, N.J., from a drive-by shooting, and prosecutors say there are still no breaks in the case.

"It's like it happened yesterday," said Reddick's mother, Diane. "I still cry every day."

Reddick, a third-grade teacher at Clark Elementary School in Charlottesville, was dropping off her nephew in Newark in July 2011 when she was shot. Reddick was not the intended target of the drive-by shooting, but she's been called a hero for protecting a child who was nearby.

"I guess the thing that hurts me the most was that I wasn't there," said Reddick's father, James.

James and Diane Reddick moved to Glen Allen years ago from Newark. Funeral services for Reddick took place in both Newark and Goochland.

In Newark, more than 4,000 people attended the wake and funeral service, including delegates from Charlottesville City Schools.

"I think she was loved a lot more than we even realized," James Reddick said.

Still, two years later, Newark prosecutors say there's "no real progress" in the case, which means there's still no closure for Reddick's family.

"Even though she didn't deserve what she got, I just hope that whoever did this to her, they get what they deserve," James Reddick said.

From Newark to Glen Allen to Charlottesville, many continue to remember the 29-year-old teacher. At Clark Elementary, students painted a mural and planted a tree in honor of Reddick. Her parents also have a tree in their back yard, given to them by former coworkers in Newark.

"She'll definitely be remembered. She is being remembered," Diane Reddick said.

In Newark, the tributes continue. Reddick has a street named after her, and her father says there's talk of renaming a school after her daughter.

"She's not forgotten because people talk about her every day," he said.

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