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Memorial service held for missing LA teacher

Family and friends remembered Terrilynn Monette, a teacher who vanished for three months in New Orleans, at a memorial service held in Long Beach on Sunday, June 23, 2013.

June 23, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Relatives gathered at a memorial service in Long Beach to grieve the loss of a teacher whose body was found in a bayou in New Orleans on June 8.

Terrilynn Monette vanished for three months in New Orleans.

Monette was raised in Long Beach, but moved to New Orleans to teach children in under-served areas as part of the teachNOLA program.

She disappeared on March 2 on the way home from celebrating with friends.

Her body was found in her car after it allegedly sank in a bayou.

Terrilynn's mother recalled her generous spirit at a service held at Wilson High School Sunday.

"I knew back on September 6, 1986 that she was going to be special," Terillyn's mother said. "She's a beautiful individual. She was a wonderful child and I'm grateful and glad that God gave her to me."