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NORFOLK Students at Booker T. Washington High School are starting the school year by remembering a beloved teacher.

In March, Karen Hoffman was found dead in her home, andher familyspoke out about her death for the first time to13 News.

Hoffman was murdered. Her boyfriend, Frederick Hoskins, is in jail awaiting trial. In August, he pleaded not guilty to murdering her.

Hoffman taught ninth grade English. Her family says that her memory will live on, especially within her students.

'She was a giver,' said mother Faye Hoffman. 'She loved life. She loved those kids.'

Students even dedicated a hallway to Hoffman.

'She lived at her school. She went out of her way, way beyond her normal work day to help any student that needed her,' said her sister, Robin Ford, who is also a teacher.

Hoffman began teaching at Booker T. in the 2008-2009 school year.

Two scholarship funds have been set up in Hoffman's name. One is at Booker T. Washington High School. The other is at a school in Maryland where her family lives.

Hoskins is scheduled to go to trial next month.


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