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Iowa high school students accused of killing Spanish teacher

Two high school students in Iowa were charged in the death of a Spanish teacher on Wednesday, authorities said.

The 16-year-old suspects have been charged as adults with first-degree homicide and first-degree conspiracy to commit homicide, according to a statement from officials in Fairfield, a town about 100 miles south- is from Des Moines.

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The remains of Nohema Graber were discovered in Chautauqua Park in Fairfield on Wednesday, the statement said. The teacher had been reported missing earlier today.

Nohema Graber.Town of Fairfield

The statement does not say what led investigators to find the teens so quickly, or what evidence they found. The investigation is ongoing.

Graber taught Spanish at Fairfield High School, where the suspects were students.

A statement from the Fairfield Community School District said Graber had taught high school for nine years and “touched the lives of many students, parents and staff.”

“We offer our deepest condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of Ms. Graber. At this time, the well-being of our students and staff is our top priority,” said Superintendent Laurie Noll.

The Fairfield Community School District is not in session Friday, but the high school building was open to students and staff who wanted guidance.

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