Funeral Service Set for Teacher who Died a Hero

By: Carter Johnson Email
By: Carter Johnson Email

Online Messages Honor Slain Teacher

Dawn Reddick's death has touched many people both in the Charlottesville Area and in New Jersey.

They're expressing their grief online on Facebook and Newark Speaks

August 1, 2011

Witnesses say Dawn Reddick died saving a child from gunfire on a New Jersey street. Reddick was shot and killed but the 7-year old girl was only grazed by a bullet. Her father says he's not surprised his daughter died in this heroic manner.

"She did what I know her to do, if there is a child involved, trying to protect that child." said her father, James Reddick.

Police are still searching for her killer. They have not made any arrests and say they have no suspects in the case. They are offering a $10,000 reward for information.

Friends say Reddick died much like she lived her life, caring for children. She began her career in Charlottesville in 2007, teaching 3rd grade teacher at Clark Elementary School. She was named Rookie of the Year during her first year at Clark and more recently received the Golden Apple Award in 2011.

"I know she was well loved by her students, her co-teachers and this community." says fellow teacher, Laura Ann Hall Barnett.

Barnett says the school system is working with the teachers and will provide resources for the staff and students. The school has put the crisis plan in place. That's a calling system from Central Office, keeping teachers up to date on the developments.

Barnett says they will get through the long and painful process together. "That's the only way we're going to get through is if we love each other as the school family that I know that we are."

A wake and funeral will be held Thursday and Friday in Newark. A service is set for Sunday, August 7th in Goochland. That memorial service is taking place at 1pm at County Line Baptist Church in Kents Store.

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