A Massachusetts school community is reeling after a second grade teacher was found dead inside her Revere home over the weekend.
Calling 30-year-old Vanessa MacCormack "a talented, dedicated and passionate educator," Lynn Public Schools' superintendent said her death was a tragedy.
The principal of Connery Elementary School, where MacCormack taught for five years, said the school's community is "heartbroken" over her death.
"Vanessa was loved by students, parents, and colleagues. She was involved in every aspect of the school and a great friend to everyone on staff," Dr. Mary Dill, the principal of Connery Elementary, said in a statement.
Grief counselors were available for students and staff at Connery Elementary on Monday.
"She's just an amazing teacher. She's very outgoing, always happy," Sarort Poum, an aunt of a student, said. "My nephew was really sad. He didn't believe me."
Lynn's mayor and school committee chair said the death was shocking.
"She was a very promising young woman and had a bright future ahead of her," Mayor Judy Kennedy said. "We were all very saddened to hear of the terrible news."
Authorities say they found MacCormack's body inside her home at 93 Grand View Ave. in Revere on Saturday afternoon. Neighbors say she lived there with her child and significant other.
Investigators say a preliminary examination at the scene revealed what they're calling signs of trauma on her body, but would not go into details, only adding that her death was not an accident.
No arrests have been made in connection with the case.
MacCormack's family posted a statement on social media saying, "She was an amazing mother, sister, daughter, friend, cousin, wife and teacher. She did not deserve this."
Anyone with information regarding MacCormack's death is asked to call police.