A Natchez teacher was killed in Louisiana over the weekend.
Fred McCray Jr.’s body was found near an abandoned building in Concordia Parish on Monday after he had been reported missing on Sunday.
According to authorities, McCray suffered a single gunshot wound and two suspects have been charged for his murder. The suspects have been identified as Jimmy Lewis and Cedrick Tennessee, and both are being held without bond.
In a Facebook post, the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office called the crime a “senseless murder” and reports indicate that McCray had offered to give the suspects a ride before he was killed.
McCray was a teacher at Morgantown Middle School in Natchez, and he had recently been voted ‘Teacher of the Year’ in the Natchez-Adams School District.
“Mr. McCray dutifully taught Technology Foundations and also served as Assistant Test Coordinator. In his first year of teaching at Morgantown, Mr. McCray was named the 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year. 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 district said in a statement.