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Teacher of the year found murdered in Louisiana; two charged

LOUISIANA — Two people have been charged in connection to the murder of a Mississippi middle school teacher who was found dead in Louisiana on Monday.

Fred McCray Jr. was found murdered in Louisiana on Monday. (The Natchez-Adams School District)

The victim, identified by authorities as Fred McCray Jr., was last heard from early Sunday morning and was listed as a missing person Sunday night.

McCray was on his way home when gave a ride to Jimmy Lewis and Cedrick Tennessee. They allegedly shot McCray after being driven to a location in Ferriday, Louisiana, according to KNOE 8 News.The pair allegedly drove to an old dog food plant and hid McCray’s body under plywood and garbage.

The Concordia Parish Sheriff’s office said in a statement on Facebook Monday that both Lewis and Tennessee were charged with first degree murder with no bond set.

McCray was a first year teacher who was recently voted 2018-2019 Morgantown Middle School Teacher of the year.

The Natchez-Adams School District mourned the loss of McCray in a Facebook post on Monday.

“Mr. McCray’s zeal for education, infectious smile, gentle personality, fashion sense, and love for children will be missed by all of us at Natchez-Adams School District. Our sincere condolences are offered to his family, friends, and coworkers,” The School District said.

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