Video: Fremont community comes together to remember teacher allegedly murdered by son

64-year-old Nailah Pettigen
64-year-old Nailah Pettigen


FREMONT (KRON) — An East Bay community is coming together to remember a beloved teacher who police said was murdered.

The suspect — is her own son. The vigil is for 64-year-old Nailah Pettigen, who taught special education in Fremont.

The candlelight vigil is a celebration of Pettigen’s life. Colleagues and friends are doing their best to forget about the circumstances of her death and focus on the good she did while she was alive.

The memorial started at around 7:30 p.m. Monday. In attendance were former students, parents, and people that cared deeply about miss Pettigen.

They said she was a doting teacher, who was more than a teacher to her children. She made the effort to make sure they were always smiling.

Pettigen was a special ed math teacher with the Fremont school district for 13 years, and she retired in 2013. She spent most of her time at American High School.

And parents who were there Monday have nothing but loving thoughts about the woman they said took excellent care of their children.

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