Students at a Georgia elementary school are mourning the loss of a teacher whose body was found in Mexico after she had been missing since last month.
Authorities announced Alexandra Morales was found passed away in Mexico on Tuesday. She was last seen on Oct. 30, in Zapopan, Mexico, and the circumstances surrounding her death remain unclear.
Morales, 24, was a first-grade teacher at Benefield Elementary School in Lawrenceville, Georgia. The school principal sent out an email to students and guardians notifying them of her death.
“My heart sank,” Maria Palacios, a parent at the school, told the outlet. “She was so natural at it and the kids loved her. They had so much fun.”
Palacios said it was difficult to explain to her 6-year-old that her teacher had passed away.
“Before I could get the words out, my daughter was crying already,” she said. “I had to respond, explaining what it means to not come back, that Ms. Morales was not coming back.”