MEMPHIS, Aug. 11 (UPI) — A student charged with the murder of a Memphis private school principal told police he didn’t like her and had planned the act for months, authorities said.
Eduardo Marmolejo, 17, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Suzette York, his principal at the Memphis Junior Academy, who was stabbed to death Wednesday in a classroom.
“Eduardo Marmolejo admitted that he had stabbed his teacher Suzette York multiple times because he did not like her and she made him angry,” an affidavit obtained by the Memphis Commercial Appeal read.
“(He) said that he had been planning to kill Mrs. York since May 2011 when he learned he would be returning to the Memphis Junior Academy. (He) said that he planned to kill Mrs. York (Wednesday) because he knew she would be alone in the classroom with him.”
The Seventh-day Adventist-affiliated school in East Memphis started classes Monday.
York was recruited as principal when the position opened up at the school four years ago, based on a former teaching stint at the school where she impressed school officials with her dedication and teaching style, church officials said.
“She was an excellent teacher, very organized and just had a passion for educating kids,” Marvin Lowman, spokesman for the Seventh-day Adventist Conference in Goodlettsville, Tenn., said.