Friends, family remember beloved teacher Maggie Daniels

by: Dave Faherty Updated:

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NEWTON, N.C. —

With heavy hearts, friends and family said goodbye to a beloved teacher Wednesday who was murdered in Newton.

Those who knew her best said Maggie Daniels had a smile that would light up any room.

On Wednesday night, her family, students and fellow teachers held onto that memory and so many others as they paused to remember her life.

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Hundreds gathered for a memorial service for Daniels at Newton-Conover High School where she taught and coached basketball for several years. As the crowd watched videos of Daniels and listened to special remembrances, many couldn’t help but wonder: Who killed the 31-year-old guidance counselor and why?

“It’s terrible. I don’t see how anyone could’ve done this, especially to her,” said Anna Sheets, a church member.

“It’s a little unnerving but I figured there was something there between the two of them. Someone she must’ve known,” said John Guelzow, Daniels’ substitute teacher.

Many have their own theory about what happened to Daniels, but so far Newton police have revealed very little about their investigation into her death.

They won’t say how Daniels died and so far there are no suspects in her murder.

Officers have gone door-to-door, interviewing neighbors.

Channel 9 asked investigators about a message Daniels posted last summer on her Twitter page. Last August she posted a text someone sent her which said, "Be careful with your neighbor you mentioned. I would really encourage you to take a self-defense class."

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Police said they are aware of it but didn't comment further.

The counselor’s family traveled from Ohio to North Carolina to attend the memorial and meet Daniels’ students and fellow teachers.

Students told Channel 9 it will be difficult to put their minds at ease until Daniels’ killer is caught.

The investigation into her death is ongoing.

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