Grief counselors at Mann Elementary after pregnant teacher found dead

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- It is a difficult day at Horace Mann Elementary in south St. Louis. Students and staff are returning to school for the first time since a pregnant teacher there was found murdered in her apartment.

There was a very somber atmosphere this morning at the school as people try to cope with the murder of 30-year-old Jocelyn Peters, a teacher at Mann.

Students and staff were off for spring break last week so today is the first time that the school community has been together since the stunning tragedy.

Superintendent Dr. Kelvin Adams was at the school meeting with the staff. More than a dozen grief counselors were also on hand today to help whoever might need it.

The goal is to make the day as normal as possible for the students but clearly that is going to be tough.

Peters had spent four years teaching at Mann- she was teaching third grade this year. The school principal called her "a bright light that shined everywhere she went."

Peters was found dead inside her apartment on West Pine in the Central West End last Thursday. Her boyfriend told police she was in her bed and had been shot. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Peters was seven-months-pregnant. Her unborn child, a girl, died as well.

Peters' boyfriend is an administrator at another city school.

Parents and a school district spokesperson say Peters was a popular teacher who was well-liked and dedicated to her students.

Police say no weapon was found at the home and there were no signs of forced entry. So far there are no suspects in the case.

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