what to know
- A third-grade teacher in New Jersey was shot and killed early Tuesday at her Jersey City home, law enforcement sources with knowledge of the matter and other officials confirmed in a possible domestic violence case.
- Sources have identified the victim as Temara King, who celebrated her 35th birthday just two weeks ago.
- Sources say authorities are looking for Lucas Cooper, 39, King’s husband in the shooting. The daughter reportedly told the 911 operator that her father shot her mother.
NEW YORK — A third-grade New Jersey teacher was shot and killed early Tuesday at her Jersey City home after allegedly being subjected to domestic violence at the hands of her husband, who was arrested hours later out of state. , a law enforcement source said, confirmed by high-level and other police sources with knowledge of the matter.
Reports of shots fired at the Bergen Avenue Building were received shortly before 7:30 a.m.
The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office confirmed that it is investigating the shooting death of a woman. Sources have identified the victim as Temara King, who celebrated her 35th birthday just two weeks ago. She earned her master’s degree with a specialization in special education and was recently promoted. Sources confirmed that King worked at 5 Merseyside Street Public School. His 14-year-old daughter reportedly called 911.
Senior law enforcement sources said the father, identified by sources as 39-year-old Lucas Cooper, was taken into custody by Pennsylvania State Police Tuesday night. The charges against him were not immediately clear, nor did Hudson County prosecutors, who are leading the investigation, immediately publicly confirm details of the case.
Dr. Norma Fernandez, superintendent of Jersey City Public Schools, also indicated that she was a loving teacher.
“Our hearts are broken by the sudden and violent loss of Temara King,” Fernandez said in a statement. “She was an outstanding teacher and dedicated faculty member. She will be missed and our prayers are with her family as they deal with the tragedy.”