This photo provided by the Fairfield (Iowa) Police Department shows Nohema Graber. (Fairfield, Iowa Police Department via AP)
UPDATED 11:08 AM PT – Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) ordered flags in the state to be flown at half-staff in honor of a teacher who was allegedly killed by two students.
On Tuesday, flags flew at half-staff in remembrance of 66-year-old Fairfield High School teacher Nohema Graber. Graber was allegedly murdered by two students, 16-year-olds Willard Miller and Jeremy Goodale.
“My heart goes out to the family, friends, colleagues, and students that are dealing with this tragic murder of Nohema Graber,” said Reynolds. “Ms. Graber touched countless children’s lives through her work as an educator across our state by sharing her passion of foreign language.”
Police reportedly received a tip that Goodale posted details about planning the killing on social media before discovering Graber’s body underneath a tarp at a local park last week. Reports suggest she suffered from “trauma to the head.”
This undated photo provided by the Assistant Jefferson County Attorney, in Iowa, shows Willard Noble Chaiden Miller (L) and Jeremy Goodale (R). (Assistant Jefferson County Attorney via AP)
“If anybody, students or adults, has any information, we still want them to come forward whether they saw anything taking place last week in and around the park area,” said Mitch Mortved, Assistant Director of the Division of Criminal Investigation.
Both students are being charged as adults with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit a forcible felony. In the meantime, they are being held on a $1 million bond and expected to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on Friday.