Amy Voorhees Mourned at DeMasi Middle School

April 9th, 2009 - 11:20 pm ICT by GD  

Students at the Francis F. DeMasi Middle School in Evesham Township at New Jersey mourned the death of Amy Voorhees, 27, who was killed in a car crash yesterday on her way to work.

Voorhees taught language arts to seventh graders and coached softball at the school. She was driving her way to the school yesterday when a pickup truck hit her car at around 7 am close to the intersection of Route 70 and Troth Road. She was declared dead on the scene.

The players of the DeMasi softball team wore their uniforms to school as a mark of respect to their deceased coach and others wore armbands. Pat Lucas, superintendent of the Evesham Township School District said that a number of students were seen weeping openly and that a team of crisis counselors were called to help students deal with the death of their favorite coach and teacher.

Lucas also said, “We’re absolutely shocked and devastated at the loss of such a beloved teacher. She was a wonderful, wonderful human being and role model and loved by all of her students. It’s a big loss. We just want to work on treasuring her memories here. It’s been very hard on them and a tough time for all of us. Amy was a beautiful girl.”

The school is due to close down for the Easter holiday today and Lucas said, “We go on break tomorrow so maybe that’s a good thing for the children as they come to grips with the tragedy.” Plans for a memorial for Amy Voorhees have not been made yet, said Lucas.

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