Murdered teacher remembered as champion of children with memorial garden

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A pregnant St. Louis teacher who was found shot to death in her home in late March was remembered as a champion of children at a memorial garden dedication ceremony on Friday.

Jocelyn Peters, 30, was seven months pregnant when she was found murdered in her Central West End apartment. Police are still searching for her killer.

“Detectives came down and told me she was expired, I asked, ‘What about the baby?’ They said the baby was gone, too,” said Lacey Peters, Jocelyn’s mother.

Friday was a difficult day for Jocelyn's mother to hold back her tears as students and teachers at Mann Elementary dressed in yellow (Jocelyn’s favorite color) and cut the ribbon to dedicate the memorial garden in her honor.

“I know that our family wasn't the only person in St. Louis that loved my daughter,” Lacey said.

Nicole Conaway, principal at Mann Elementary School, said the garden will be a place for friends, family, and co-workers to come and reflect about a teacher that touched so many lives.

“She was someone who cared deeply about children, not only about their learning, but about who they were in making them into better people,” Conaway said.

Peters’ friends said she loved to read and decided to hold a book drive as well, collecting more than 2,000 books to donate to the school.

Conaway said the memorial garden will be an opportunity for us to make something so tragic and painful and make it into a celebration and learn from it.