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Irvin High School Teacher Killed In Juarez

POSTED: Friday, August 6, 2010 - 6:08pm

UPDATED: Friday, August 20, 2010 - 9:46am

An Irvin High School teacher was killed in Juarez, Friday morning.

That teacher killed has been identifed as James Patrick Barnes.  He was a speech teacher at Irvin High School and his daughter tells Newschannel 9, he had taught at both Burges and Irvin over the past 10 years.

Chihuahua State Police tell Newschannel 9 that Barnes was reportedly in Juarez visiting relatives with his wife.  Though Barnes' daughter says her mother and Barnes had been divorced for some time and her mother died two  years ago. 

Chihuahua State Police say that Barnes was killed while in the second story of the home.  They say a group of armed men walked into the house and demanded his car.

Barnes may have argued with men.  That's when we're told one of them put a gun under Barnes's chin and pulled the trigger.

Barnes died there on the scene.

His daughter says her father was a good man and a great father to his five daughters.

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Mr. Barnes was a great teacher. i enjoyed his class very much. he was as much of a friend to us as he was a teacher. he was so much fun. i remember one time wa raced down the hallways to the restroom. he won and he always reminded me that he was the winner jaja we will all miss him so much because of his awesome way of being. RIP Mr barnes. Save us a place up in heaven.

Mr. Barnes was a great teacher and i looked foward to going to his class my junior year. He always had an upbeat attitude with a smile and was like a kid at heart. He was an awesome speech teacher and made the class interesting and fun.He always tired to help me out whether i fell behind or needed extra credit. Thanks to him and his class i met my soon to be fiancee and learned to be more positive.

@oldfart and @Are you for real: So you are asking the administration to build a berlin wall like structure between two countries?. There is already a wall, strict security, agents, and soldiers. This guy was unfortunately murdered because he crossed over to the dangerous land, if he had stayed in the us nothing would've happened. Sealing the border would separate many families and take away our free will to walk to other side if we choose to. Please be realistic and stop the ignorant comments.

The story is not about sealing the border or illegal immigrants. Please go back and read the story....

How can u seal the border? Some of us go to Juarez to see family members that are waiting on visas....I take my son to see his father on a daily basis...if he seals the border, my son is without a father.

Very sorry for you loss. God bless you and your sisters. To the others who have poseted. This is not about politics right now it is about a man who loss his life and his daugthers who have loss the only parent that they have.

I AM SHOCKED BY THIS STORY AND I WAS ONE OF HIS STUDENTS AT IRVIN HIGH SCHOOL, I FEEL SO SICK RIGHT NOW. JAMES BARNES WAS THE BEST TEACHER I HAD,HE WAS FUNNY AND WOULD ALWAYS MAKE YOU LAUGH. I PASSED HIS SPEECH CLASS WITH AN A.. I WOULD LIKE TO LET HIS FAMILY KNOW HOW SORRY I AM FOR THEIR LOSS. IRVIN HIGH IS GONNA MISS HIM AND REMEMBER HIM 4EVER. SINCERELY YANIS GOMEZ..

barnes was a great speech teacher to all the students and very helpful...it helped me today in this world with wat he taught me....he was always making the students laugh and always gave up his lunch to let the students make up work that was missed...he will always be missed by many....our prayers are with u mr barnes

OUR DEEPEST CONDOLENCES AT THIS DIFFICULT TIME. MAY OUR PRECIOUS LORD AND SAVIOUR COMFORT YOU. HE WILL TRUELY BE MISSED AND KNOW THAT HE WAS A WONDERFUL TEACHER AND MENTOR, IT WAS A HONOR TO HAVE HIM AS MY SPEECH TEACHER " PRECIOUS IN THE SIGHT OF THE LORD IS THE DEATH OF HIS SAINTS".

RALPH SANCHEZ II

How can OBama seal the border? You think Bush would have done that or McCain.

Simple solution, but probably one the gutless administration in Washington DOES NOT have..SEAL THE BORDER.

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