Charlottesville Teacher Killed in NJ Shooting

By: Chris Stover Email
By: Chris Stover Email

Memorial Fund

Reddick’s parents request that donations be made to a memorial scholarship fund in her honor.

Checks should be made payable to the "Dawn Reddick Scholarship Fund". Letters, donations and condolences should be sent to:

Mr. and Mrs. James Reddick
11528 Little Brighton Ct.
Glen Allen, VA 23059

August 1, 2011


A funeral service for Dawn Reddick will be held Sunday, August 7th, at County LIne Baptist Church in Kent's Store at 1 p.m.

July 31, 2011


Clark Elementary School is grieving the loss of Dawn Reddick, a third-grade teacher killed in a drive-by shooting in Newark, N.J.

"We have to remember her smile, her love for children, her genuine love for education and how to get her students to be shining stars like she was," said Leah Puryear, chair of the Charlottesville School Board.

Coworkers, students and parents are reflecting on a teacher gone, murdered in a senseless act.

"Her life was education. That was Dawn's passion, and that passion isn't here anymore," Puryear said.

Reddick was one of four people shot in a drive-by shooting Friday around 9 p.m. in Newark, N.J. She died from her injuries Saturday. Reddick, a Golden Apple Award winner, was visiting family when an unknown suspect fired the shots at Maple and Hansbury Avenues.

"She brought about a calming effect," Puryear said. "Her students learned, she expected a lot out of them, they achieved."

Within the walls at Clark Elementary, Reddick touched hundreds of students during her time with the school. Now, those students have a chance to reflect on a teacher whose impact will never be forgotten.

"She, in my mind, is the type of instructor that years from now, the students would say, 'Ms. Reddick said this,' or, 'When I was in third grade, I learned that.'"

A Facebook page dedicated to Reddick is attracting comments of remembrance, calling her a dedicated teacher and a true angel. The page reports memorial services are planned for later in the week in Newark.

Teachers at Clark Elementary were briefed Saturday about Reddick's death in a special meeting. School officials say the crisis plan is in effect to offer parents and students the resources they need to cope with tragedy.


July 30, 2011

The Charlottesville City School community is in shock, mourning the sudden death of a 3rd grade teacher.

Dawn Reddick was shot Friday night while visiting family in Newark, New Jersey. Reddick died Saturday from her injuries.

A spokeswoman for the City school system says Reddick was a 3rd grade teacher at Clark Elementary. She was described as a "star teacher". Reddick was the winner of the 2011 Golden Apple Award and was nominated by her peers and parents at Clark. The school staff has been notified of the incident.

A total of 4 people, including a child, were shot during the incident in Newarks' South Ward neighborhood.

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