Two Iowa teens charged with murdering a high school Spanish teacher


Des Moines, Iowa — A town in southeastern Iowa Winding up after two high school students were indicted In a first-class murder due to the death of a Spanish teacher who taught at their school.

According to a news release from the city of Fairfield posted on Facebook, the human body found at Chateau Park in Fairfield on Wednesday was from Nohema Graber, who was reported missing earlier in the day. Police confirmed it on Thursday.

Graber, 66, has been teaching Spanish at Fairfield High School since 2012. Police claim that two high school students, Willard Noble Child Miller (16) and Jeremy Everett Goodale (16), are responsible for her death.

Both have been charged with one murder and one conspiracy to commit the murder and will be charged as an adult “based on circumstances and age.” According to the news release..

Fairfield students were dismissed from class early Thursday and the class was canceled on Friday.

According to criminal accusations, investigators say Graber was last known to be in Chautauqua Park on Tuesday — she walked the park frequently in the afternoon.

Police say she found her body under tarpaulins, wheelbarrows, and pillows in the park on Wednesday. Detectives wrote that their preliminary investigation showed that Graber suffered a “head injury”.

According to court documents, police received a hint that Goodale posted details on social media about possible motives for the killing plan. The court filing did not provide details of possible motivations.

According to police, a search warrant was issued at the suspect’s home and clothing that appeared to be bloody was found.

Nohena Graber

Nohena Graber

In an interview with Des Moines Register, part of the USA TODAY Network, Jefferson County lawyer Chauncey Molding called the case tragic, but did not provide details to protect the integrity of the ongoing investigation. It was.

Those who know Graber say she was the leader of the Latino community in Fairfield. And they say her love for her family, community, and students was fierce.

“Everything she still wanted to do …” said Fairfield resident Edith Cabrera, 55, who has been friends with Graber since 2005 on Thursday.

“She was an extraordinary person and a lovely person,” Cabrera said. “Especially with her family and even her students.”

According to Cabrera, Graber’s death left community members struggling to find an answer, shocking and saddening.

“I don’t know exactly what happened. Why?” Cabrera asked. “She was a great friend, a great community leader, and an even better person.”

“For nine years at Fairfield High School, Mrs. Graber has been exposed to the lives of many students, parents and staff,” Laurinor, director of the Fairfield Community School District, said in a statement Thursday.

Knoll said the high school remains open for school counselors, crisis response teams, or students who need to take care of pastors.

“We would like to extend our deepest condolences to Mrs. Graber’s family, friends and loved ones. At this time, the well-being of students and staff is our number one priority. As a community, we are in this tragic era. Will continue to unite with, “writes Knoll.

Mike Beranek, president of the Iowa Education Association, was also distressed by the murder of Graber on Thursday afternoon.

“Our thoughts and prayers are directed at her family, friends, and her colleagues … such acts are indescribable, and one of our educated families is such meaningless. We are torn apart to be victims of such acts, “Bellaneck wrote in a statement.

“Educators strive every day to take care of their students. Educators were the backbone of our states and nations in this unprecedented time. This and such protection. I don’t understand the violence aimed at people. “

Contributed by: Chris Higgins and Daniel Lathrop; Associated Press

This article was originally published in The Des Moines Register: Iowa’s teenager charged with murdering a high school Spanish teacher