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POSTED: Friday, September 24, 2010 - 5:28pm

UPDATED: Sunday, September 26, 2010 - 9:54pm

TORNILLO - Today students, colleagues and friends remembered Tornillo Junior High School Principal Stephanie Segura.

"We don't understand why. We were just with her, just yesterday we took our faculty picture together after school," Teacher Bobbie Trejo said.

Yesterday, Segura walked the halls of her school. Today, the walls are lined with memorials after her tragic death.

"The students, the faculty and the staff are having a hard time dealing with it today," Trejo said.

Segura was new to Tornillo Junior High. We're told she was just hired in July, and will now never get to finish her first year as a principal.

"The ideas she brought with her, and what she wanted to accomplish with our schools, and our students were on the mark. She really wanted to make a difference," Tornillo Elementary School Principal Severo Alcoset said.

Along with her ideas for a better school, teachers say she brought a smile to everyone's face.

"She greeted students every day, walked in to see how the teachers were doing, joked around with us all the time. We wanted to work for her, we wanted to do good for her, both the teachers and the students wanted to make her proud," Trejo said.

Trejo says the school will honor her in a way that would have made her proud.

"She wanted to hit exemplary, and we're going to do that for her," Trejo said.

She says that's the least they can do for a beautiful person they now consider their angel.

"I think she's looking down on us, probably smiling. She had a beautiful smile. She's probably thinking, gosh move on, move on. I'm okay. I'm okay."

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As an educator, she should have know better. We expect young people to follow rules, yet adults, especially those who admonish students to be safe, be responsible,and be respectful, display a total disregard for the law and common sense. Was the conversation she was engaged in of such importance that it could not have taken place at a more appropriate time? Was it vitally important that she arrive at her destination as soon as possible?

The best way to honor this well loved educator is to obey the law. Do not try to avoid railroad crossing bars. They are there for a reason. And do not use your cellphone while driving.

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