Philadelphia Teacher 'Embodied' Love. Then She Was Killed by Man in Murder-Suicide

Ondria Glaze was a high school teacher who "made everyone feel like she was their favorite person in the world," her union president wrote in a statement

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Ondria Glaze

A beloved Philadelphia high school teacher was shot and killed by a man who then turned the gun on himself in an apparent murder suicide.

The Philadelphia Police Department tells PEOPLE it believes Ondria Glaze, 36, was shot once in the cheek by Richard Harper, 42, who was found dead with a single gunshot wound to the head inside a home in the city’s Grays Ferry neighborhood on Monday, May 6.

Police did not specify what the relationship between Glaze and Harper was.

Glaze was a teacher at Olney High School, whose principal, Michael Roth, wrote a letter to the school community in the wake of her death.

“At Olney, we have a statement, ‘Olney Love.’ Ms. Glaze could truly be defined as ‘Olney Love,’” Roth wrote in his letter. “She embodied this mantra and blessed every student and staff member she came across.”

The school started a GoFundMe to raise money for a scholarship in Glaze’s name.

“This scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior each year, helping them pursue their dreams and continue the positive impact that Ms. Glaze had on all of us,” the GoFundMe’s description reads. “The funds raised will go into a trust that will ensure this scholarship can be given for years to come.”

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So far, the GoFundMe has raised over $18,000. The description also notes that Glaze had been at the school for over a decade.

“Ms. Glaze was 'the brightest light' according to a colleague, who described Ms. Glaze by saying 'She made everyone feel like she was their favorite person in the world,’” Philadelphia Federation of Teachers President Jerry T. Jordan said in a statement. “This is an incredibly tragic loss for the entire Olney High School community and for all of Ms. Glaze's loved ones.”

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