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Memorial Scholarship Fund Created for Charlottesville Teacher

By: Jim Hanchett; Rachel Ryan Email
By: Jim Hanchett; Rachel Ryan 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 2, 2011

Police in Newark, NJ are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the gunman that killed a Charlottesville elementary school teacher.

Clark Elementary 3rd grade teacher Dawn Reddick was killed by a bullet investigators say were intended for someone else. She was hit Friday night while standing outside a Chinese restaurant at the corner of Maple and Hansbury Avenues in Newark.

She died from her injuries Saturday.

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

The 29-year-old Golden Apple Award-winner had traveled to Newark, where she spent her childhood, to drop off her nephew after he had spent the summer with family in Virginia. She was reportedly shot while shielding a 7-year-old child she didn't know from the flying bullets.

"She did what I know her to do; if there was a child involved, try to protect that child," Dawn's father James Reddick told CBS19.

The small girl protected by Reddick was only grazed by a bullet and will be fine. Two other males struck in the shooting remain in the hospital.

In the words of a New Jersey prosecutor, "this sort of random and senseless violence has to stop". Newark residents say violent crime there is on the rise, however witnesses don't seem to be helping solve the mounting problem.

Investigators are having to work around the code of silence because witnesses are saying they don't know where the gunshots that killed Dawn Reddick came from.

The young teacher's family is now making final arrangements. There will be a wake on Thursday and a funeral Friday in Newark. Closer to home, Reddick will be laid to rest at a 1pm service on Sunday at County Line Baptist Church in Kents Store in Goochland.

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