Two 16-year-olds in Iowa were charged with first-degree homicide Thursday after the body of a Spanish teacher at their high school was found underneath a tarp at a local park that she would frequent.
Nohema Graber, 66, taught at Fairfield High School, which is in the southeastern part of the state. According to court filings, preliminary evidence suggests that she was suffering from trauma to her head. Her body was found at Chautauqua Park, Fairfield on Tuesday after she had been reported as missing.
Willard Noble Chaiden Miller, and Jeremy Everett Goodale have been charged with the murder.
Fairfield Police Department photo of Nohema Graber. (Fairfield Police Department (Iowa), via AP
The Associated Press, citing court documents, reported that police were tipped off about a possible motive from a social media post by Goodale. According to police, they discovered clothing with bloodstains in the homes of the suspects.
” This case isn’t, by any means. The Jefferson County attorney Chauncey Moulding told the Des Moines Register. Although he said that there was no evidence suggesting the crime was motivated by racism, he said a follow-up investigation will be done.
The paper said it was not uncommon for Graber to take walks in the park. According to the newspaper, her body was found underneath a railroad tie, a wheelbarrow and a tarp.
She was reportedly looked at as a leader in the community’s Latino community.
“She was an exceptional person, a lovely person” Edith Cabrera, a friend, told the paper. She was especially close to her family and her students. “
The Associated Press contributed to this report