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A teacher's letter to students after classmate's murder

Jody George

Following the 1989 murder of 16-year-old Amy Weidner, French teacher Jody George wrote a letter to help Amy's classmates. It read, in part, "We have all suffered deeply because of Amy's death. How can we accept it? Why does sorrow have to be part of our lives?"

Those touched by Amy have found, through the years, different ways to cope with their sorrow.

For friend Amy Sommers, visits to her friend's grave helps -- as does reading that letter from long ago that their teacher gave students and which Sommers still keeps nearby.

"My advice to you is this. Be kind to others always, even if it hurts," Sommers said, reading the letter.

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