Vt. school remembers slain teacher at service

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ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) – About 2,000 people have gathered to celebrate the life of a popular Vermont prep school teacher who police say was lured from her home and killed.

Students, co-workers, friends and family gathered at St. Johnsbury Academy for a memorial service Friday for Melissa Jenkins, who taught science at the school.

Headmaster Thomas Lovett gave the crowd a challenge, which he called “Melissa's Challenge,” telling them “to love those the most that need it the most.”

Many in the crowd wore pink or pink ribbons to honor Jenkins and gave police who investigated the crime a standing ovation.

Police say a Waterford couple, Allen and Patricia Prue, lured the 33-year-old Jenkins from her home Sunday night by claiming their car had broken down. They have pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder.

Jenkins body was found in the Connecticut River on Monday.
      
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