A GoFundMe page has been started for the daughter of a Jersey City teacher, 35, gunned down by her husband early Tuesday morning.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“Temara was a beloved Special Education teacher for Jersey City Public Schools. She spent the last decade enriching the lives of students at PS No. 5 school in Jersey City, NJ. She worked the after school program, summer school and even provided Developmental Intervention services to children under 3 years old, in the Early Intervention program,” the GoFundMe page description by Dynisha King says.
“She was so passionate about her career and fervently pursued higher education. She recently obtained her certification to become a Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant, and spoke so enthusiastically about her upcoming position. It is unfortunate that she was robbed of actualizing her dream.”
The description continues that she was very family oriented and embraced her role as a daughter, sister, aunt, granddaughter, cousin, and niece, but especially as the mother as Alaysia, who she affectionally called “Mooche” or “Lay.”
“We know that losing Temara will impact Lay in ways that we can’t begin to process at the moment. However, we do know that she would want her to continue her legacy and life long commitment of pursuing her educational goals.”
The campaign has set an ambitious $50,000 goal and has already received $12,375 from 187 different donors in less than 24 hours.
The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office revealed on Tuesday that King was allegedly killed by Lucas Cooper, 39, of Jersey City, who has since been revealed to be her husband.
She was fatally shot during a domestic violence dispute, authorities said.
Additionally, the New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education, who honored King in 2018, recognized her efforts in the classroom in a Twitter thread yesterday.
“Ms. King was a phenomenal and passionate educator who went above and beyond to create an inclusive environment where all students learn together and feel an authentic sense of belonging,” the organization wrote.